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Peggy Noonan: Hillary ‘Lied Coolly and in a Creamy, Practiced Way’


Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Wall Street Journal columnist and former speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan Peggy Noonan commented on the State Department inspector general’s report that found Hillary Clinton violated the agency rules by using a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state and said, “I hate to say lied, but she has lied coolly and — in a creamy, practiced way. It doesn’t look good.”

Partial transcript as follows:

DICKERSON: Peggy, what do you think, the — Bernie Sanders sticking around hurts Hillary Clinton how much, when Donald Trump is out there as the Republican nominee, for Democrats to rally around?

NOONAN: Well, I guess it hurts Mrs. Clinton’s standing or the perception of her that she is Hillary Clinton, this behemoth with this organization, with this money, with everything, and she can’t put this guy away. That is a challenge to her. That — that tells everybody vulnerability, vulnerability.

But I still think the big story that we’re talking about here in the e-mail thing is very, very simple. Americans don’t really trust Mrs. Clinton to be forthcoming and truthful. That’s all in the polls. I forget what words they are, but you know what I mean. When you look at the tape of Mrs. Clinton saying things about the e-mails that have been shown to not of been true in the IG thing, she has been — I hate to say lied, but she has lied coolly and — in a creamy, practiced way. It doesn’t look good.

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