MSNBC is generally friendly territory for a Democrat, but that wasn't the case when Hillary Clinton supporter Ellen Tauscher took a direct grilling from guest anchor Steve Kornacki on "The Rachel Maddow Show" Wednesday evening.
Tauscher, a former Democratic congresswoman and former undersecretary of state in the Obama administration, dodged question after question from Kornacki, who had asked whether Clinton owes an explanation regarding the evidence presented Tuesday by FBI Director James Comey about her email practices while she was secretary of state.
Tauscher immediately pushed back, repeatedly pointing to the State Department saying this week that at least two of the emails on Clinton's private email server were "mischaracterized" as classified when they "did not contain classified information."
Kornacki followed up by asking about emails on Clinton's server, which were marked classified, that Comey referred to in his 15-minute Tuesday press conference.
"He [Comey] also said of the ones that didn't have markings, 'Any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton's position or in the position of those with whom she was corresponding would have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation,'" Kornacki added.
Tauscher then alleged that there are "too many people who don't know enough about this are talking about it." She then claimed that the only way that one could know whether an email is classified is to have opened it.
"If there's no header and footer that says that it's classified, you're going to open an email, and then you may actually see that somebody sent you something," Tauscher said.
Kornacki then pointed out, "But if you're talking about 110, shouldn't you at some point figure out between zero and 110 that this is a problem?"
Tauscher responded by saying that is something the State Department is currently "working on."
(H/T: Right Scoop)
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