By JOHN MERLINE
Election 2016: The FBI report on its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of emails, which it released publicly on Friday, might not contain any smoking guns, but it does reveal the lengths to which Clinton will go to deny responsibility or cover up an obvious lie, even if it makes her look like an ignorant fool.
Clinton’s attempts to avoid responsibility became particularly strained when the topic turned to classified material she said never showed up on her email server. The report is replete with so many different attempts to duck blame that we thought it would be helpful to categorize them.
The Blanche DuBois Excuse: Like the character from “Streetcar Named Desire” who famously says that she “depends on the kindness of strangers,” Clinton says that she depended on anyone emailing her to know the rules of classification. If there was a problem, it was their fault, not hers.
As the FBI relates her comments, Clinton “relied on State officials to use their judgment” when emailing her and couldn’t remember anyone raising concerns with her regarding the sensitivity of the information she received on her emails.
The Sesame Street Excuse: When the FBI pointed out that some documents she had sent or received had a “C” marking denoting the information was classified, she told the FBI that she thought “it was referencing paragraphs marked in alphabetical order.” Apparently it never occurred to Clinton that if that were the case, the “C” paragraph should have come after the “A” and “B” paragraphs. But then again, Big Bird wasn’t invented until after she was adult.
The I Fell And Can’t Get Up Excuse: When asked about briefings she received about how to handle her emails as she transitioned out of the government, Clinton said she couldn’t remember because she fell and suffered a concussion …read more
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