Taking questions from reporters at an event in Las Vegas Friday evening, former President Bill Clinton said what he really thinks about the whole email controversy swirling around Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, saying the whole scandal is the "biggest load of bull."
The former commander in chief was supposed to be concluding the session, but insisted on remaining to answer one more question at the Asian American Journalists Association national convention. The questioner, who identified himself as a Democrat who loves Bill Clinton and would be voting for Hillary Clinton in November, asked why Americans should trust the Democratic nominee when she lied about her emails, CNN reported.
Bill Clinton insisted none of the reporting about the issue was true before offering a fiery defense on his spouse's behalf.
"First of all, the FBI director said when he testified before Congress, he had to amend his previous day's statement that she had never received any emails that are classified," he said. "They saw two little notes with a 'C' on it — this is the biggest load of bull I ever heard — that were about telephone calls that she needed to make and the State Department typically puts a little ‘C’ on it to discourage people from discussing it in public in the event the secretary of state, whoever it is, doesn’t make a phone call."
The ex-president went on to tell the questioner that the system for dealing with classified emails is "too complicated to explain to people," adding that it's clear the former secretary of state was never careless with sensitive information that could impact national security.
"Do you really believe there are 300 career diplomats because that's how many people were on these emails, all of whom were careless with national security? Do you believe that?" Bill Clinton asked. "Forget about Hillary, forget about her. Is that conceivable?"
Further backing up his argument, Bill Clinton noted the large number of Republicans, notably those in the national security world, who have offered their endorsement of Hillary Clinton in recent weeks. He said there are many who have spent their entire careers in national security who believe "she's the only person that you can trust."
"If it was something to worry about, would President Bush 41’s national security adviser, Admiral [Brent] Scowcroft, have endorsed Hillary? Would Gen. Colin Powell’s assistant at the State Department have endorsed Hillary?" Bill Clinton asked. "Would a 33-year CIA veteran who was acting director of the CIA and said he’d never declared party and voted for Republicans as well as Democrats have endorsed Hillary? You should ask them, would everybody who’s ever worked with her be for her if she were not trustworthy?"
Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state has been a big issue in her presidential campaign as it has hurt her numbers when it comes to ratings on honesty and trustworthiness.
Earlier this summer, FBI Director James Comey concluded he would not recommend charges against Hillary Clinton over the emails, but said the presidential hopeful was "extremely careless" in her use of a private email server.
Watch a portion of Bill Clinton's comments below:
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