Andrea Mitchell on Carville's Comments on Hillary Emails: "With Friends Like That, You Don't Need Ken Starr"

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MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell reacts to James Carville's comments on Sunday's broadcast of ABC's This Week where he said former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had a private e-mail server because "she didn't want [Congressman] Louis Gohmert rifling through her e-mails."

"These are not the talking points he would have been given by Team Clinton," Mitchell said.

"Basically James is saying it wasn't convenience, as Hillary Clinton said, it was to stop Congress from looking at her e-mails which are supposed to be publicly archived," Mitchell said. "With friends like that you don't need Ken Starr, I guess you might say."

"And what Carville essentially said, you're right, it was she was doing this to hide stuff," Sam Stein of The Huffington Post said. "And, you know, if you're going to be secretary of state in an administration that claims to be the most transparent in the history of administrations, then you're held to standards greater than she didn't want Louie Gohmert going through her inbox. I'm just sorry, that's the case."

SAM STEIN, HUFFINGTON POST: How do you go about getting someone out there to argue on your behalf on the shows. From all I understand, people like Lanny Davis and James Carville were essentially freelancing and you saw with James' comments yesterday that sometimes that can be problematic.

ANDREA MITCHELL, NBC NEWS: I want to play that for you because Louis Gohmert is a member of Congress, of course. This is James on ABC yesterday, when we talk about freelancing, these are clearly not the talking points he would have been given by Team Clinton.

CARVILLE: You wonder why the public is not following this. Because they know what it is.

It was something that she did. It was legal. I suspect she didn't want Louis Gohmert rifling through her e-mails, which seems to me to be a kind of reasonable position for someone to take.

So it amounts to -- just like everything else before it, it amounts to nothing but a bunch of people flapping their jaws about nothing.


MITCHELL: So basically James is saying it wasn't convenience, as Hillary Clinton said, it was to stop Congress from looking at her e-mails which are supposed to be publicly archived. With friends like that you don't need Ken Starr, I guess you might say.

STEIN: Yeah, this is a problem I think, Andrea, because If you don't have someone who is disciplined giving the talking point that she herself put out, obviously a little late, but she put it out. If you don't have people actually out there echoing it but saying something entirely different, then it adds fuel to the fire -- it makes the story go longer and longer.

And what Carville essentially said, you're right, it was she was doing this to hide stuff. And, you know, if you're going to be secretary of state in an administration that claims to be the most transparent in the history of administrations, then you're held to standards greater than she didn't want Louie Gohmert going through her inbox. I'm just sorry, that's the case.

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