Prepare to be amazed. Yes, the arm of Hillary Clinton’s communications team known as CNN (Clinton News Network) just did something highly unusual. The network actually fact-checked statements made by the Queen herself.
Teaming up with FactCheck.org, CNN anchor Jake Tapper examined claims by the Democrat “frontrunner” about her private email server. And y’all know, any time the facts and the Clintons collide, it ain’t gonna be pretty.
Via The Blaze:
Tapper first checked on the validity of Clinton’s claim that she was “absolutely permitted” to use a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state.
“Was Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server for official business while she was secretary of state ‘absolutely permitted?’” Tapper asked. “No — that’s not true.”
According to Tapper, Clinton only says that because she permitted herself to use the personal server “and there was no one absolutely prohibiting her,” but no one actually signed off on her using it.
So, you see, it depends on what the definition of “is” is. But of course.
Federal regulations did allow Clinton to send and receive emails outside the government system, but, as the CNN host noted, it was mandatory that those emails were preserved when she left office.
“Clinton did not provide the State Department with the emails from her private server until 21 months after she left office,” Tapper said, adding that a federal judge said the former secretary of state “failed to follow government policy on preserving federal records.”
Another expert described the fact that Clinton used her private server to store sensitive information exclusively as “inconsistent with long-established policies and practices … governing all federal agencies.”
“In the end,” Tapper said, “Clinton’s exclusive use of her private email server for the people’s business was definitely unusual, it was definitely discouraged and she did not comply with government regulations when it came to preserving government records.”
Tapper concluded the report with a simple instruction “to all politicians out there,” saying, “You’re perfectly entitled to your own opinions, not your own facts.”
Watch for yourself:
Now, that was a great start, and I (Michelle Jesse) certainly want to give credit where it’s due. Kudos, Jake Tapper!
And great news, Jake: there’s a TON more material to keep you going. Here, just a couple ideas off the top of my head… How about fact-checking Hillary’s statements surrounding the 2012 Benghazi Islamist terrorist attack that killed four Americans, including one U.S. ambassador — which Hillary claimed was the result of a video, even though she knew it was a lie as early as the night it happened? And, hey, while you’re on the topic, maybe dig into some of her statements about why her State Department didn’t respond to requests for adequate cover in what was known to be an extremely volatile spot? Gosh, you could probably stay pretty busy with that one topic for a while.
But then you could move on to some of these topics — this 13-minute video gets you started with a string of Hillary’s fact-check-worthy statements (also known as lies):
(H/T Michael Armstrong, the complier of this archive, and PowerLine)
Better get busy — there’s a lot to cover before we get to November!
Hey readers, what else should the media start digging into?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]