Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump wasted no time taking to Facebook and getting out a political ad showing how his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's statements about her emails were directly contradicted by FBI Director James Comey.
Although Comey said the FBI would not pursue an indictment against Clinton regarding the private email server she used as secretary of state, he stressed that she was "extremely careless" in her handling of highly sensitive information. He also said she sent emails with information that was classified at the time — the exact opposite of what Clinton has stated in defending her actions.
Trump's ad harps on that contradiction by playing a Clinton interview with ABC where she says "I did not send or receive any information that was marked classified at the time."
The video then jumps to Comey's press conference, where he directly contradicts Clinton: "From the 30,000 emails returned to the State Department in 2014, 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."
The Trump ad repeats the Clinton and Comey clips, emphasizing "at the time" and "classified," and then returns to the FBI director, who shows again that Clinton's statements were not true.
"Eight of those chains contained information that was 'top secret' at the time they were sent. Thirty-six of those chains contained 'secret' information at the time they were sent," he said.
Ironically, a day before the Trump ad went up, an article in The New York Times explained
that Comey's critique of Clinton is a ready-made attack ad in that it "all but indicted her judgment and competence . . . two vital pillars of her presidential candidacy."
The article points out that Comey called into question Clinton's common sense and responsibility much more effectively and clearly than Trump has during the entire campaign.
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