Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Tuesday declared that Hillary Clinton lied to the FBI during its investigation into her handling of classified materials through a private email server.
Suggesting that the former secretary of state’s explanation that she did not know that the “C” on an email chain denoted “confidential” was far-fetched, he remarked that he has read many documents with the “C” marking.
“She said she thought it had to do with alphabetical order. But the FBI didn’t go and ask her, ‘was there an A, a B, a D, an E, an F?’ How come she just saw a C? So now if you can’t figure out that ‘C’ doesn’t mean confidential and you’re the secretary of state, you’re either stupid or you’re lying. I don’t think she’s the first,” Giuliani said. “I don’t think she’s stupid.”
Clinton, Giuliani continued, does not have the right to decide what is and what is not classified information, after a co-host remarked that “it was just semantics” for the former secretary of state.
“The only person who can declassify is the president of the United States. Now maybe she thought she was the president. Maybe she was having some kind of illusion,” Giuliani said, before adding, I don’t think she was having an illusion. I think she is doing something called lying which violates 18 United States Code 1001.”
After the release of the FBI’s interview and investigation documents last Friday, Giuliani released a statement through the Trump campaign in which he made a similar statement but stopped short of making the assessment.
“Either she was the dumbest Secretary of State in American history or a bald-faced liar. If it’s the former, there is a serious question she may get the nuclear codes confused if she were ever President,” Giuliani said in the statement.
“If it’s the latter she should be prosecuted for the same crime as Martha Stewart by making a false statement to the FBI in violation of 18 U.S. Code section 1001.”