Wolf Blitzer busted Darrell Issa for lying about Hillary Clinton’s emails during an interview on CNN.
Transcript via CNN:
REP. DARRELL ISSA (R), CALIFORNIA: Well, Wolf, the one thing we now know is that, as they said, about 300 separate e-mails, maybe more, contain classified information. And I think it’s important to get above the discussion of classified documents and so on. If you or I go to a briefing, and we receive classified information, and we then produce an e-mail that says things that were in that briefing, that is disclosing classified information. That appears to be what happened.
It’s not an accident to have 300 e-mails become retroactively, if you will, determined to be classified. That means somebody sent out classified information and did not recognize it as classified.
Huma, her assistant, her second daughter, if you will, is brilliant. Hillary Clinton is brilliant. So the question is, are people that smart unable to recognize sensitive classified information? I don’t believe so. And I think the FBI needs to look at this, because in fact her server may very well have been constantly observed by third parties, because quite candidly it’s not a classified network. It didn’t enjoy the robust protection that one would expect to have.
BLITZER: Well, my understanding is those 300 e-mails they’re looking at now, that they haven’t definitively ruled that it was classified information. They’re going over it right now. There seems to be a dispute going on between the State Department and other agencies of the U.S. government what should have been classified, even if it had not been classified at the time. Is that your understanding, as well?
ISSA: Well, it is. But I’ll give you a little piece of history. During my chairmanship, it was amazing how the State Department classified the most mundane information, even when publicly available. In this case, it appears as though State would like to say these things weren’t particularly classified.
Well, the CIA and NSA and other clandestine agencies appear to be appalled that very sensitive information was sent out on her nongovernment server in an unclassified format.
With one fact based question, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer was able to derail the Republican myth of the 300 classified emails.
It is a mystery why CNN or any other cable network continues to give Darrell Issa airtime. Rep. Issa is a compulsive liar whose singular motivation is to get attention and publicity for himself.
When he was a committee chairman, Issa’s House Oversight Committee reached Joseph McCarthy levels of bias and power abuse. Issa was such a joke that Speaker John Boehner kept him off of the Select Committee investigating Benghazi. Issa has become so desperate for attention that he tried to crash a closed deposition of the Benghazi committee only to be escorted out of the room by Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy.
Clinton’s emails have become the new Republican conspiracy, but all it took was one fact based question to get Issa to admit that the 300 classified emails talking point was not true.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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