Clinton can't shake her troubles with the truth
A scandal that should be disappearing in Hillary Clinton's rearview mirror has become a constant source of criticism as the former secretary of state continues to make inaccurate statements about her private email use whenever she is asked about it.It is really the reason why she does not give press conferences. It would be just another opportunity to get caught in a lie.
On the one-month anniversary of the FBI's decision to close its investigation of Clinton's emails without recommending charges, the Democratic nominee struggled through a question about her honesty by claiming she had "short-circuited" several recent answers to email-related questions.
An MSNBC reporter forced Clinton to confront the email investigation Friday in response to answers she had given Fox News' Chris Wallace five days earlier. A deluge of fact-checks and op-eds took Clinton to task this week for telling Wallace that FBI Director James Comey had affirmed the truthfulness of her email statements.
The Washington Post gave her "four Pinnochios," Politifact rated her claim "Pants on Fire," (the highest available rating from either fact-checker) and the New York Times slammed her in an editorial for misrepresenting Comey's testimony.
Clinton has shied away from the media in the month since the FBI issued a scathing indictment of her "extremely careless" handling of classified material, granting few interviews and continuing a hiatus on press conferences that has lasted since December.
But in the handful of interviews she has given, Clinton has shifted her defense of the controversial email server in ways that leave enough lingering questions to keep the controversy alive.