Hillary now: ‘I don’t recall’; then: ‘I’m very familiar with importance of treating classified information with great care’

Hillary now: ‘I don’t recall’; then: ‘I’m very familiar with importance of treating classified information with great care’
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Who you gonna believe — Hillary Clinton or Hillary Clinton? Yes, they are one and the same person, but their answers to the same question vary with the wind direction.

Take the question of how well Mrs. Clinton understands the system for handling classified information. In the FBI’s release of notes from its interview with the former secretary of state, Clinton pleaded ignorance on the most fundamental aspects of classification markings. She told agents that she thought the letter “C” on documents — recognized by most clerical staff at the State Department as the designation for “classified” data — was part of a system for alphabetization.

She also responded to questions with “I don’t recall” 39 separate times during the interview, ascribing her spotty memory to a concussion she sustained in 2012. In and of itself, that admission doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in her ability to handle the demanding job of president.

For the present purposes, it also doesn’t jibe with what she said in an October 2015 interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on the subject of her private email server and whether she received “very sensitive information” over it. Here’s her answer (a video follows):

I think that this is a complicated issue for even sophisticated folks to understand. And I just keep going back to we have two different systems. I dealt with classified information very carefully and seriously.

I usually met with people to discuss it. It was delivered to me in hard copy so marked. And then when I traveled, I had one of those tents because we were afraid of prying eyes from certain governments that I would read classified material in. So, I’m very familiar with the importance of treating classified information as it should be with great care. [Emphasis added]

Reprising the question of who you’re going to believe, I will opt for “neither Hillary.” They’re both liars.

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.

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