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Hillary Clinton didn't tell the truth about her emails, and she's still not telling the truth about her emails.

That is a fact made clear on national television earlier this month by FBI Director James Comey. As he put it during a press conference to announce they wouldn't be recommending charges for the former Secretary of State, Clinton lied about:

  • Whether she used “one device”
  • Whether emails were “marked classified” when sent or received
  • The possibility of security breaches to her email
  • Whether she communicated with officials on their .gov emails
  • Whether State Department was careful with classified emails

Now Hillary is getting called out for another dishonest statement.

In an interview Sunday on Fox News, Clinton said:

“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.”

Let's unpack that. Clinton claims that the FBI Director says that she was honest with her answers, even though he was rather plain that she was not truthful with her answers.

How did she pull that one off?

Take it away, Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler:

Clinton is cherry-picking statements by Comey in order to preserve her basic narrative about the unusual email set-up. This allows her to skate past the more disturbing findings of the FBI investigation.

For instance, when Clinton asserts “my answers were truthful,” a campaign aide said she is referring to this statement by Comey to Congress:  “We have no basis to conclude she lied to the FBI.”

But as Kessler pointed out, that was a dodge.

Comey was saying that Clinton hadn't lied to the FBI. While the FBI would not release any transcript or recording of its interview with Clinton, all the director was saying is they had no evidence of her lying ... to them.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 28: on the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Clinton, meanwhile, was saying that Comey vouched for her statements made to the American public. He clearly did not, as he laid out — both in his press conference and while testifying to Congress — the areas where she lied to the American public.

In the end, Kessler slapped Hillary's statement with WaPo's harshest judgement for a lie:

As we have seen repeatedly in Clinton’s explanations of the email controversy, she relies on excessively technical and legalistic answers to explain her actions. While Comey did say there was no evidence she lied to the FBI, that is not the same as saying she told the truth to the American public–which was the point of Wallace’s question. Comey has repeatedly not taken a stand on her public statements.

And although Comey did say many emails were retroactively classified, he also said that there were some emails that were already classified that should not have been sent on an unclassified, private server. That’s the uncomfortable truth that Clinton has trouble admitting.

Four Pinnochios

That's going sting for Clinton, who is battling Donald Trump in what's become an ever-tightening race, even as she deals with national concerns about her honesty as a leader.