The Corner

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 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.

Most Popular


White Cats and Black Swans

Making a film of Cats is a bold endeavor — it is a musical with no real plot, based on T. S. Eliot’s idea of child-appropriate poems, and old Tom was a strange cat indeed. Casting Idris Elba as the criminal cat Macavity seems almost inevitable — he has always made a great gangster — but I think there was ... Read More
Politics & Policy

The Other Case against Reparations

Reparations are an ethical disaster. Proceeding from a doctrine of collective guilt, they are the penalty for slavery and Jim Crow, sins of which few living Americans stand accused. An offense against common sense as well as morality, reparations would take from Bubba and give to Barack, never mind if the former ... Read More
Politics & Policy

May I See Your ID?

Identity is big these days, and probably all days: racial identity, ethnic identity, political identity, etc. Tribalism. It seems to be baked into the human cake. Only the consciously, persistently religious, or spiritual, transcend it, I suppose. (“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor ... Read More
Health Care

The Puzzling Problem of Vaping

San Francisco -- A 29-story office building at 123 Mission Street illustrates the policy puzzles that fester because of these facts: For centuries, tobacco has been a widely used, legal consumer good that does serious and often lethal harm when used as it is intended to be used. And its harmfulness has been a ... Read More