Boy, liberals on Twitter and their champions in the media are boiling hot about Matt Lauer’s performance on NBC Wednesday night. As the host of the network’s “Commander-in-Chief” national security forum, Lauer had the audacity to grill Hillary Clinton over her failure to protect America’s classified information. Lauer, the idiot, seemed to think that this failure might possibly indicate a lack of judgment on her part. The gall! The absolute nerve!
They fumed over questions like: “You were communicating on highly sensitive topics – why wasn’t it more than a mistake? Why wasn’t it disqualifying, if you want to be commander-in- chief?”
But why should they be so upset? After all, Hillary was more than ready to answer Lauer’s questions. Why, just look at the elegant way she responded to that one:
Well, Matt, first of all, as I have said repeatedly, it was a mistake to have a personal account. I would certainly not do it again. I make no excuses for it. It was something that should not have been done.
But the real question is the handling of classified material, which is I think what the implication of your question was. And for all the viewers watching you tonight, I have a lot of experience dealing with classified material, starting when I was on the Senate Armed Services Committee going into the four years as secretary of state. Classified material has a header which says “top secret,” “secret,” “confidential.” Nothing — and I will repeat this, and this is verified in the report by the Department of Justice — none of the e-mails sent or received by me had such a header.
Hillary’s supporters should be thrilled with that answer! At long last, we can move past what a certain senator once referred to as her “damn emails.” None of the messages were marked, and all classified information is marked. Ergo, she did nothing wrong! We can finally stop talking about it. Lauer gave her a pitch right in the strike zone, and she knocked it out of the park!
Wait a minute, the third base umpire is trying to get our attention. What’s that? He seems to be directing us to the JumboTron, where they’re playing a tape of FBI Director James Comey’s remarks from July. Shh, let’s listen.
“From the group of 30,000 emails returned to the State Department in 2014,” Comey said, “110 emails in 52 email chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received.”
Ooh. That stings.
But hey, Hillary didn’t tell us to listen to Comey. She told us to look at the DOJ report. What did that have to say about the subject?
Hmm, the report seems to confirm what Comey said. It says that certain emails found on the server had the letter “C” on them, indicating the material within is “confidential,” which is a sub-category of “classified.” It also says that when confronted with this evidence, Hillary told the FBI that she thought the letter “C” was some form of alphabetization of the email’s paragraphs. She apparently did not wonder where “A,” “B,” and “D” were.
Umpire’s ruling? FOUL BALL.
Damn. So close. No wonder everyone’s so miffed.