Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) debated MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Monday about Russia's role in hacking the Democrats in 2016 and Hillary Clinton's private email server.
Andrea Mitchell defended Clinton, saying the 33,000 emails in question were "under her purview," according to State Department rules, and she was justified in hiding them.
REP. DANA ROHRABACHER: What's worse -- Hillary destroyed e-mails that were under subpoena and she destroyed them. Is that worse than the Russians hacking in an giving us those emails? No, the destruction of the emails by Hillary is a far worse crime against the American people. She's trying to keep information from the American people, and, if the Russians, or whoever it was, hacked into the system and gave the American people that information that Hillary tried to destroy -- more power to whoever.
ANDREA MITCHELL: Just to set the record straight, those 33,000 e-mails were under her purview, according to State Department rules. Every official has the right to decide what is private and what is personal and what is official.
ROHRABACHER: She destroyed them to keep information from the American people. She destroyed them so we wouldn't know. Now we are being upset by the people who actually gave information to the American people. No. Those e-mails were under subpoena. She destroyed them so that we wouldn't know the facts.
MITCHELL: Excuse me, sir. You're mixing Hillary Clinton's--
ROHRABACHER: If they did hack to give us the information, the American people deserve to have that information.
MITCHELL: You're mixing Hillary Clinton's private server --which I have long criticized-- which is a completely separate issue from the Russians hacking into the DNC and John Podesta.
ROHRABACHER: It is exactly the same issue.
MITCHELL: It is not.