Caught on tape while filming a new Hulu documentary about her life, former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reportedly claimed she is “the most investigated innocent person in America.”
According to The Daily Mail, which viewed an advance copy of the documentary, Clinton not only asserted of her use of emails “there was no law against it” and termed the criticism of her handling of the Benghazi affair a “character assault,” she played the victim card big-time, saying of her relationship with the press:
Going all the way back to the Whitewater days. I’ve never understood this and I will go to my grave not understanding it. All these things get disproved, but the press, and I’m talking about the major press, they always bite … And I don’t know why. There’s an old joke about an old guy who is walking along the edge of the cliff, he slips and as he’s falling down and he grabs onto a branch and he’s holding on and he’s praying, going “God, God I’ve lived a good life, I’ve done everything I supposed to do…please Lord help me, help me.” And then this voice comes out and says “There’s just something about you that pisses me off.”
A Gallup poll taken just before the 2016 election found that 52% of respondents thought the media favored Clinton; 8% thought the media favored Trump, so there’s that.
Clinton added, “I am the most investigated innocent person in America … This is not just politics, this is deep cultural stuff.”
Clinton’s view of her email activities, as The Daily Mail reported:
When I became Secretary of State I decided to use the server that had been set up for Bill and his former president’s office. I did it as a matter of convenience. There was no regulation against it; there was nothing against it. Everybody knew I was doing it because they were all emailing me and I was emailing them and that was hundreds and hundreds of people in government.
Columnist Marc Thiessen noted in June 2018:
The FBI knew with certainty at the time (2016) that hostile actors had in fact gained access to classified information via Clinton’s emails. According to the inspector general, a special review of the Clinton email investigation in 2017 by the office to the FBI’s Inspection Division found that, before Comey’s 2016 statement, “the FBI … successfully determined classified information was improperly stored and transmitted on Clinton’s email server, and classified information was compromised by unauthorized individuals, to include foreign governments or intelligence services, via cyber intrusion or other means.”
Speaking of Congressional investigations of her, The Daily Mail reports that Clinton said “that kind of constant character assault takes a toll … Even people who are supporters or friends, they brush it off but it still has a little space in the back of their heads. So if something else happens the space gets a little bigger. That’s been the story of my public life.”
New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker, reportedly offered a different perspective in the documentary, saying Clinton is convinced she is a “righteous” person and adding, “If she decides it’s an okay thing to do it’s okay … anyone who criticizes it must be doing so for illegitimate reasons, they’re partisan, they’re enemies.”