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Four Pinocchios for Clinton’s Latest E-mail Lie

On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace played a video of Hillary Clinton saying, “I did not e-mail any classified material to anyone on my email. There is no classified materials. I am confident that I never sent nor received any information that was classified at the time. I had not sent classified material nor received anything marked classified.” Wallace then said that FBI director James Comey “said none of those things you told the American public were true.”

Her response: “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 emails.”

Comey said that Clinton had not lied to the FBI, and the Clinton campaign is using that Comey comment to justify her words on Fox News. But Comey did not say that what she said to the public was true, and he contradicted several of her specific claims when asked about them.

Glenn Kessler, a fact-checker at the Washington Post, gives her “four Pinocchios,” his worst rating for a politician’s lie.

This story may get lost amid the war between Trump and the Khan family – which is more proof that what Trump is doing is a political blunder as well as a moral disaster – but it shouldn’t be. The press ought to be able to cover both of these stories.

Ramesh Ponnuru — Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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