Cillizza: Comey Statement Creates a Number of Issues For The Story Clinton Has Been Telling About Server

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Washington Post's Chris Cillizza notes FBI director James Comey "directly disputed" several statements Hillary Clinton has made in the past about the private server she maintained during her tenure at the State Department.

"He directly disputed the fact that she said she had never sent or received a classified e-mail," Cillizza said Tuesday on MSNBC. "He directly disputed the idea that it is possible that her account has been attacked. He directly disputed the idea that her lawyers and she had deleted only those e-mails that were personal, entirely personal in nature, saying they had found e-mails that contained sort of professional information in there as well."

"What James Comey did today creates a number of issues for the story she's been telling about her e-mail server for the last 15 months," Cillizza added.

CILLIZZA: Well the statement from [Clinton campaign spokesman] Brian Fallon does the best to spin a negative situation. Yes, look, legally speaking, this is a great outcome for Hillary Clinton. She is not going to be indicted for her decision to set up a private e-mail server.

In every other way including the court of public opinion, what James Comey did an hour plus ago was very tough. He directly disputed the fact that she said she had never sent or received a classified e-mail. He directly disputed the idea that it is possible that her account has been attacked. He directly disputed the idea that her lawyers and she had deleted only those e-mails that were personal, entirely personal in nature, saying they had found e-mails that contained sort of professional information in there as well.

So, they're trying to narrowcast this in their response to say she wasn't indicted. And they're exactly right. That would have been an absolutely nuclear problem had that happened for Hillary Clinton, but make no mistake, what James Comey did today creates a number of issues for the story she's been telling about her e-mail server for the last 15 months.

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