Jonah Goldberg, Real Clear Politics:
After ducking the press for months, Clinton sat down for an interview with CNN’s Brianna Keilar. It was a savvy choice. Keilar covers the Clinton campaign and has every incentive not to offend her famously vindictive sources 16 months before the election.
The most discussed deception came in an exchange about her e-mails. Clinton declared emphatically that, “You know, you’re starting with so many assumptions that are – I’ve never had a subpoena. . . . Let’s take a deep breath here.”
Representative Trey Gowdy (R., S.C.), chair of the committee investigating the Obama administration’s response to the Benghazi attack, promptly produced a copy of the subpoena.
Team Clinton says she was responding to a specific allegation that she deleted e-mails that were under subpoena. It’s a legalistically plausible defense given Keilar’s muddled question and Stakhanovite effort to avoid asking meaningful follow-ups.
Still, it was a classically Clintonian way of lying: Make a sweeping, definitive-sounding statement, and then when called on it, release a fog of technicalities.
Of course, the greatest example of this tactic was her husband’s parsing of the word “is” when called out for saying things like “there is no improper relationship” with a White House intern. Only under oath did he explain that it was technically true if you understand “is” to be a statement about the present moment, unlike “was.”
The rest of the CNN interview was a farrago of misleading statements, blame-shifting, and deceptions. Hillary insisted she had only used “one device” for e-mail, when we now know that’s not true. Perhaps under oath she would clarify that she meant “one device at a time.”
She proclaimed that she broke no rules by using a personal server and other e-mail chicanery. The Washington Post’s Fact Checker column gave her “three Pinocchios” (out of a possible four) on those claims.
Clinton even flatly denied that voters distrust her when polls clearly show Americans do, and — as usual — blamed all her problems on right-wing conspirators.