Robby Mook, campaign manager for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, admitted in an interview Sunday that Clinton lied when she said FBI Director James Comey addressed his bombshell Friday letter to only "Republican members of the House."
"If they’re going to be sending this kind of letter that is only going originally to Republican members of the House, that they need to share whatever facts they claim to have with the American people,” Clinton said Friday.
However, Comey addressed his letter to the highest Republican and Democrat on several differing congressional oversight committees — not just House Republicans.
Fox News’ Chris Wallace, host of “Fox News Sunday," grilled Mook over the inconsistency Sunday, which Wallace characterized as a “dishonest talking point."
"Robby, why would she say something that is so flatly untrue?” Wallace asked, holding up a copy of Comey’s letter to show that it was indeed addressed to Democrats as well as Republicans.
"Chris, this has been really overhyped,” Mook began.
"Well, she said it,” Wallace interjected, "I didn’t."
"We were all surprised by this letter,” Mook finally explained. “She looked at the front page, and as you just said yourself, on the front page of that memo, it lists those Republican chairs. Were the Democrats cc-ed at the end of the letter? Absolutely. She looked at the front page of the letter. She has acknowledged — we all acknowledge this was sent to everybody."
"Frankly, it was a dishonest talking point,” Wallace replied, while reminding Mook that Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta also used the exact same talking point on Friday.
"Chris, if your question is whether Democratic leaders were cc-ed on that letter, the answer is absolutely yes” Mook shot back, before trying to change the subject by raising concerns about the timing and content of Comey’s letter.
Clinton took it a step further during a campaign rally in Florida Saturday, telling a rousing crowd that Comey’s actions are “unprecedented and deeply troubling."
Watch the full exchange below: