Following the release of roughly 7,000 new emails, “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough expressed concern over Hillary Clinton’s response to a staffer who told her he couldn’t send her classified information. Clinton has maintained that she never sent or received classified information from her private email account.
In a February 2010 email, Clinton wrote to her aide, Jacob Sullivan, “It’s a public statement! Just email it.”
“Trust me, I share your exasperation,” Sullivan replied. “But until ops coverts it to the unclassified email system, there is no physical way for me to email it. I can’t even access it.”
Scarborough reacted, “Everything she said in that…press conference about, ‘this is just patently false’ — and here, you actually have her berating somebody that worked for her…and works for her still.”
“Berating him, saying, ‘send me this classified email,’” he added. “And he said, basically, ‘I can’t, it’s classified. I can’t even access it because it’s classified.’”
MSNBC contributor Mike Barnicle said Clinton’s email controversy is continuously becoming less about the actual emails and more about the “way that she’s handling it.”
“That’s the burden she’s carrying,” he said.
Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart defended Clinton, saying the statement that the former secretary of state was a statement that had already been released to the public.