Hillary Clinton’s press secretary Brian Fallon share a new theory on the top secret emails found on her private server. They’re “top secret,” but “innocuous” so it’s no big deal:
NBC: Officials: New Top Secret Clinton Emails "Innocuous" https://t.co/HytKlTAtGU
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) January 20, 2016
So, who are the “officials” that decided the emails were “innocuous”? We don’t know, of course, because they won’t go on the record. And it wasn’t until the 11th paragraph that NBC got around to telling readers that the “officials” have an ax to grind:
The description of the emails as relatively innocuous came from officials, including a senior U.S. intelligence official, who believe Inspector General McCullough has been unfair to Clinton in his handling of the issue. They say McCullough and Congressional Republicans have elevated a mundane dispute about classification into a scandal.
They point out that McCullough, a career intelligence official, contributed $1,000 to George W. Bush’s 2004 presidential campaign.
“They” pointed out that McCullough was a Bush donor? “They” all decided to look that up themselves and tell NBC News the exact same thing when interviewed? Really?
Anyway, “innocuous” or not, it’s still a problem no matter how they spin it:
Still a felony.
No matter how much you want to cover for Grandma RICO, you can't make the law disappear. https://t.co/3aYR5U2TfI
— Jack O'Spades (@Jack0Spades) January 21, 2016
— FricosisGuy (@FricosisGuy) January 20, 2016
— Erica B (@Rikki5582) January 20, 2016
And let’s not forget the potential conflict of interest thanks to Chelsea’s former employment at NBC:
Great. Now quote a network that didn't have Grandma's daughter on their payroll. https://t.co/T3V5nvVTuS
— Jason Price (@RepublicanPunk) January 20, 2016
— Taz (@moose_taz) January 20, 2016
NBC does have one on-the-record source for the piece — Brian Fallon, himself:
Clinton campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said the latest information about the emails makes it “absurd to suggest that Secretary Clinton did anything wrong.”
He added, “Both the sending and the leaking of [the IG’s] letter was a reckless and irresponsible act.”
If we were the skeptical type, we’d almost think that maybe Fallon was the guy who arranged for the “officials” to get interviewed by NBC in the first place.