Chris Wallace Grills Robby Mook About Clinton's Attempt To Politicize FBI Letter


'Fox News Sunday' host Chris Wallace repeatedly stumps Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook about the campaign's statements Friday that the letter from the FBI informing Congress about the reopening of the investigation into Clinton's email practices was only sent to Republican members of the House. Campaign chairman John Podesta made this charge Friday afternoon, and Hillary Clinton repeated it at her 5-minute press conference a few hours later. In reality, the FBI letter was sent to the chairmen of all Congressional committees (Republicans at this time) and also the Democratic ranking members.

Wallace asked: "Robby, why would she say something that is so flatly untrue?"

WALLACE: Robby, why would she say something that is so flatly untrue? I have a copy here -- it's not very long. It's the letter that Comey sent to Congress. On the front page, it's got the eight Republican chairmen of the committees. If you turn it over, next, you’ve got the eight top Democrats on the committee.

Why would she say it was just sent to the Republicans when, in fact, it was sent to the Republicans and Democrats?

MOOK: You know, Chris, this has been really overhyped.

WALLACE: Well, she said it, I didn't.

MOOK: We were all surprised by this letter. She looked at the front page, and as you just said yourself, on the front page of that memo, it lists those Republican chairs. Were the Democrats CC’ed at the end? Absolutely.

She looked at the front page. She acknowledged, we all acknowledge this was sent to everybody. What we're concerned and disturbed by is that Director Comey sent a letter saying we have some information, I don't know if it's significant, I don't know if it isn't, he didn't say where it came from --

WALLACE: But, Robby --

MOOK: -- he didn’t say what it was about. He didn't even say whether these e-mails were sent or received by Hillary Clinton. And furthermore, another hypothetical that’s out there is that these are duplicates that have already been released. We need all the information, and Director Comey needs to get it out fast.

WALLACE: But, Robby, I want to make one more point about this letter. You say it's hype. Comey sent the letter about 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday. Your campaign chairman, John Podesta, put out a statement at 3:45 p.m. in which he made exactly the same charge that this letter had been sent just to the Republicans, not to the Democrats. Three hour and 15 minutes later, Hillary Clinton makes the same charge.

This was a talking point of your campaign and frankly was a dishonest talking point.

MOOK: Chris, if your question is whether Democratic leaders were CC’ed on that letter, the answer is absolutely yes. What's disturbing about this, again, is that a three-paragraph letter with no information whatsoever about what the FBI is talking about was sent to the individuals named on the letter.

It took Jason Chaffetz about, I don't know, 15 seconds to leak that out to the press. And now, all your interviews this morning have been full of hypotheticals and conjectures.

Director Comey owes it to the American people, releasing this just a matter of days before the election, to provide all the information. That’s what we’re asking. Just to get all of it out there and the voters can judge for themselves.

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