Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton appeared on "Fox News Sunday" in her first interview since the Democratic National Convention.
Host Chris Wallace took the former secretary of state to task Sunday, prodding her about Benghazi before moving on to the recently completed investigation into Clinton’s private email server, in which federal officials concluded no criminal wrongdoing.
Wallace grilled Clinton on FBI Director James Comey's testimony before Congress, which contradicted many of the claims she'd made in defense of her private server. Clinton told the Fox anchor that though she is aware that she made a pretty big mistake, she didn't find any discrepancies between her account and Comey's:
Chris, that’s not what I heard Director Comey say, and I thank you for giving me the opportunity, in my view, to clarify. Director Comey said my answers were truthful, and what I’ve said is consistent with what I have told the American people, that there were decisions discussed and made to classify retroactively certain of the e-mails. I was communicating with over 300 people in my e-mailing. They certainly did not believe and had no reason to believe that what they were sending was classified. In retrospect, different agencies come in and say, well, it should have been, but that’s not what was happening in real time.
Upon announcing the FBI's findings, Director Comey asserted that Clinton demonstrated "extreme carelessness," which the former secretary of state later disputed.
Comey also said, as Mediaite pointed out and Wallace failed to mention, that none of Clinton’s classified emails were properly marked as such, and that an experienced official like Clinton would have reasonanly inferred that they were not marked classified:
Rep. Matt Cartwright: were these properly documented, were they properly marked according to the manual with the little “cs”?
FBI Director James Comey: No … There were three e-mails. The “c” was in the body, in the text but there was no header on the e-mail or the text.
Rep. Matt Cartwright: So if Secretary Clinton really were an expert at what’s classified and what’s not classified, and were following the manual, the absence of a header would tell her immediately that those three documents were not classified. Am I correct in that?
FBI Director James Comey: That would be a reasonable inference.