Krauthammer on Clinton Emails: "This Is A Version Of It Depends On What The Word 'Is' Is"


BRET BAIER: ABC's 20/20 did a story back in 2001 in which it had Mrs. Clinton on camera saying this:

HILLARY CLINTON: As much as I've been investigated and all of that, you know, why would I -- I don't even want -- why would I ever want to do e-mail? Could you imagine?

That was from 20/20. It seems that this server, Charles, was set up the day that she was sworn in as secretary of state. The domain is active until after the election of 2016.

CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Yes, a lot of people have private e-mail accounts but name one who has a private server set up that they control and it's in their house with Secret Service protecting the house.

BAIER: Well, Jeb Bush used a private account, private server, as well.

KRAUTHAMMER: But he put it all out so anybody can access.

JUAN WILLIAMS: We don't know that.

KRAUTHAMMER: Well, we don't know that? Has there been any allegations they've been hiding it?

WILLIAMS: No, no, that he hasn't put it all out. We know that he has put some out but there are indications that it's not all out.

KRAUTHAMMER: If you are going to be secretary of state and you said in 2001 why would I do e-mail and you're using a private account, you are setting it up in your house so it's protected, you are clearly constructing a system in which you control access. If anybody ever demands access you will have your lawyers out there for a year blocking questioning and protecting it. And as we just heard if you want to make something disappear by swapping out a server you can do it and nobody knows.

Why would you do that if you're secretary of state and you're not intending at some point to be secretive about it? This is the same old Clinton that we know. And I think the reason that it hurts her is because we've seen the movie before throughout the '90s. The Clintons aren't just entitled, they also have a sense that they are to be protected in the way no one else is and then they end up when they're accused of violating either the law or the practice making distinctions that are -- I mean, the adjective Clintonian was invented for these fine distinctions between legal, illegal, proper and improper. This is a version of it depends on what the word 'is' is.

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