Fiery Wallace Grills Davis: 'Do You Ever Get Tired of Cleaning Up After the Clintons?'
Lanny Davis, former White House special counsel under President Clinton, joined Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday" to defend Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email account during her tenure as secretary of state.
Davis asserted that not only were Clinton's actions legal, but there was nothing wrong with what she did.
"The State Department's foreign affairs manual said employees must use secure department-approved computer systems. The agency that regulates the Federal Records Act, that's a law, said emails must be 'preserved in the appropriate agency.' The Obama White House said private emails must be preserved and later, 2011, when she was still Secretary of State, that all work should be conducted on government email. And you say Hillary Clinton did nothing wrong?" Wallace asked.
Davis said that the director of litigation for the National Archives Administration said Clinton did nothing illegal or violated any of those rules.
He agreed with Wallace, however, that it is a reasonable idea to have a third party inspect Clinton's emails, if requested.
Wallace continued to press Davis, asking, "If Clinton did nothing wrong, why did she send out a memo in 2011 to all State Department posts with this directive, 'Avoid conducting official department business from your personal email accounts.' Why was it so important for every other member of the State Department, but it was a directive that she ignored?"
When Davis tried to bring up Jeb Bush's emails, Wallace said, "It's like the Republicans during Watergate saying, 'Well Lyndon Johnson wiretapped people too.' It's completely irrelevant and, please, let's not play that game."
Finally, Wallace asked Davis, "Do you ever get tired of cleaning up after the Clintons?"
"I am proud given the public career and the public good of Bill and Hillary Clinton," Davis responded. "You call it cleanup, I don’t call it cleanup ... Bill Clinton left with a 65 percent approval rating. Hillary Clinton today is the most popular politician in the country. And you’re discussing a non-scandal, nothing illegal, full-access, and it’s all politics."
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