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The Clintons...Are Very Secretive People': 'Face the Nation' Panel Lambastes Hillary Campaign


"Very guarded."

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton meets with local residents at the Jones St. Java House, Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in LeClaire, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Panelists who appeared on CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday had some harsh words for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, calling her "secretive," and accusing her campaign of "disingenuous behavior" and presenting a "charade of transparency."

Atlantic writer Molly Ball said that the idea that the Clintons aren't transparent isn't simply a media narrative, but that it's a reality that possibly led the campaign to release information on Friday in an effort to counter the perception.

"This perception of her not being transparent, which is I think is not just a media narrative," Ball said of the reason for Clinton's release of tax returns and health information on Friday. "It's a fact that the Clintons — especially Hillary — are very guarded, very secretive people."

She said that this has led to controversies, and that the Clinton campaign realizes that the negative impression must be confronted head-on.

"They realize that's hurting them and they're trying to present a sort of charade of transparency ... by releasing some of this stuff and trying to seem upfront about it," Ball said.

Watch the "Face the Nation" segment below:

Ron Fournier of National Journal added that many of the explanations that Clinton gave about her email account — that it included no classified documents, that she hadn't violated any rules, and that she had been transparent, among other issues — simply haven't checked out.

"None of those statements are true, so we have some serial disingenuous behavior of the Clinton campaign," he said, going on to refer to a letter of rebuke that Clinton staffers sent to the New York Times about a recent story surrounding her email server. "And they're trying to deflect by making this a story about the New York Times."

(H/T: Mediaite)

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