On Monday’s The Kelly File, Megyn and her guests discussed the latest batch of Hillary Clinton emails that were released just minutes before the show aired. Here’s the video and transcript:
Megyn Kelly: Breaking tonight – Our researchers are pouring through thousands of Hillary Clinton’s emails just released about 34 minutes ago by the State Department. The documents are for Mrs. Clinton’s unsecured private email server that she used while Secretary of State. The agency is blacking out any sensitive information that may put you s national security risk which of course begs the question about why they were on her private email server instead of adequately protected. In this latest dump, roughly 150 emails contained classified information. Hours ago, chief White House correspondent asked the state department whether Mrs. Clinton violated rules for handling sensitive materials.
“Can you say from that podium that categorically that Secretary Clinton followed the rules and the. Law?”
State Department Spokesman, Mark Toner: I’m just not going to answer that question. It’s not our goal, it’s not a function in this regard in releasing these emails.
Megyn Kelly: And it’s so irritating since there’s no good answer. Ed Henry is live in Washington for us tonight. Ed all right. So we get a 7,000 email dump at 9 p.m. What we’ve found so far?
Ed Henry: Megyn, I’ve got a broad spectrum for you. I’ve got some serious stuff that goes at the heart of Hillary Clinton’s explanation to the American people not adding up, I’ve got some on the classified nature of the emails and then fun one that I think you’re really gonna like, that’s a good piece. OK, the first one is: In June of 2010, Phillippe Ryan, one of Hillary Clinton’s aids sends, an email to Hillary Clinton as well as Huma Abedin who CC’d and it’s marked Hpad as in Hillary’s iPad, and it says to the Secretary quote: “Your iPad has arrived. Hillary Clinton writes back. That is exciting news. Do you think you could teach me how to use it on the flight to Kiev next week?” Why is that significant? Remember March 10th, at the United Nations news conference, she said this whole explanation was because she wanted the convenience of one device, her Blackberry. This clearly shows she was using an iPad as well. There was more than one device despite that explanation.
Now the more serious stuff about classified information. You mentioned a hundred and fifty of them. Well let me give you a couple quick examples: We found one email that’s now been deemed classified by the State Department. The Clinton campaign stresses after the fact, there’s a debate about whether she’d been classified in real time, one email about a presidential crisis in Haiti. That kind of email raises questions. Shouldn’t the Secretary of State have known at the time this was at the least, sensitive information if not classified right? Then secondly, the one I’m looking at now is two or three pages about Sudan and a top UN official write to all these top State Department officials about some trilateral meetings with sensitive information about Sudan. That’s forwarded by Jake Sullivan, a top Clinton aide, to Hillary Clinton who writes back: “I’m willing to make the calls he requested.” We don’t know what caused you talking about, but let me show you this page. It says “Page Denied.” It’s now been deemed classified. This entire page of information which can see now and at the time Hillary Clinton apparently did not realize that this was classified information.
Last point I’d make, the fun one I told you about: Cheryl Mills, the chief of staff, sends one out to Hillary Clinton about someone just leaving the state department, someone who’s left, and says there’s gonna be champagne and cupcakes for the staffer. Hillary Clinton writes to Cheryl Mills, quote “Is there a back story?” Funny because even the secretary of state gets into the office intrigue. When you get that little email saying someone’s left the State Department someone’s left Fox immediately.“Is there a backstory?” Megyn.
Megyn Kelly: You have been in Washington too long. (Joking back and forth) Good to see you, Ed.
Shannen Coffin is a former DOJ assistant deputy attorney general and former counsel to Vice President Dick Cheney. Alright Shannon.
Shannen Coffin: I didn’t bring cupcakes.
Megyn Kelly: So she didn’t, what a shock. She actually did have more than one device. She had the iPad. At the time she said she was just doing it for convenience. The iPad has has email you can get email on it, so that wasn’t true. And now we’ve got you know Sudan and one just came across the wire saying she was talking about the Iranian, the American hikers were taken into custody at by the Iranians in 2009 and she has, there’s an email to her talking about a teleconference with the American Embassy. The point is on and on and on the classified information goes.
Shannen Coffin: Well let’s talk about that Sudanese email because Ed and I looked at that together in the newsroom. Look, the point about that email is, it was characterizing communications from foreign government officials in Sudan about these trilateral talks. Those sorts of communications are necessarily deemed by the President of the United States by executive order to be classified. That is, they’re now marked classified, but they were classified when they were written.
Megyn Kelly: They were.
Shannen Coffin: Everyone, everyone in the State Department should know that foreign government communications are necessarily classified, because the president in his executive order, says the disclosure of that information will, is presumed to harm the national security.
Megyn Kelly: OK, but let’s talk about that.
Shannen Coffin: And that’s the standard for classification.
Megyn Kelly: That’s very important because her whole defense, I mean now, It’s been changing, is: “I didn’t knowingly have anything here, and the reason is nothing was marked classified while it was in my possession. They may be stamping classified now, but when I had it, no.”
Shannen Coffin: I’ll politely called that “Boloney.” Because, because this very, very nature of this communication, which is sensitive communications, from a foreign official, that’s designed to be confidential, has to be, it’s born classified. To quote a former official.
Megyn Kelly: Here’s my last question: The prosecutor who put, who worked on the General David Petraeus case, where he had classified information and he wound up having to take a plea. She came out today and said: “There’s no there’s nothing the same between these two cases because it all comes down to whether you knowingly engage in unlawful conduct. We had the goods on Petraeus on that, we can’t prove Hillary Clinton knowingly engaged.”
Shannen Coffin: And she attached to resume to it so she can be the next attorney general in the Clinton administration (laughter in background). Look, the point, the point about that is: She’s just looking at one little statute that has intent requirement, and I just told you how you can meet that intent requirement in this situation, but the felony, there are felony provisions in the federal code, that she ignores in her piece, that that require only recklessness. And what’s more reckless than setting up your own server, and regularly now, we know regularly dealing with this highly sensitive government information.
Megyn Kelly: That is interesting. Shannen, good to see you.