Hillary Clinton balks at comparisons between email scandal, Trump raid

Following the raid, Clinton began selling "But Her Emails" merchandise.

Updated: September 6, 2022 - 5:14pm

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday derided comparisons between her use of a private email server while in office and former President Donald Trump's storage of sensitive documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate.

"I can’t believe we’re still talking about this, but my emails…" she wrote on Twitter. "Comey admitted he was wrong after he claimed I had classified emails. Trump's own State Department, under two different Secretaries, found I had no classified emails."

Hillary's statement about Comey's "admission" is false. He didn't say he was wrong about her having classified emails. He said that instead of using the term "extreme carelessness" to describe her mishandling of classified material he should have used a term like "really sloppy" to indicate that "it's more than ordinary sloppiness."

Clinton drew widespread criticism during the 2016 presidential election for using the server to send sensitive communications. Then-FBI Director James Comey famously announced the bureau would reopen its investigation into the matter before election day, a move to which many pointed as handing the contest to Trump.

Trump, meanwhile, has come under fire for his alleged mishandling of classified material following an FBI raid on his Florida estate in early August. The bureau has attracted widespread accusations of political weaponization for its handling of the investigation, especially following revelations that Trump previously cooperated with a subpoena seeking classified documents from his compound.

The former president has claimed broad authority to declassify the documents in his possession and asserted that the Department of Justice has persecuted him for political reasons. A federal judge granted his request to appoint an independent "special master" to review the materials the bureau took from his home of on Monday.

Pundits and politicians, meanwhile, have pointed to the apparent contrast between the Department of Justice's allegedly lax attitude toward the Clinton email scandal and its seemingly rigorous investigation of Trump over similar concerns.

Following the raid, Clinton began selling "But Her Emails" merchandise, referencing her own scandal and pointing out what she claims are more serious accusations against her former election opponent.

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