Matthews: Comey Did Not Exonerate Hillary — ‘There Is A Difference Between Acquittal And Innocence’

Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” while discussing this weekend’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday,” in which Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton claimed FBI director James Comey did not say she gave misleading statements on her email scandal, host Chris Matthews declared Clinton was “wrong” because, “There is a difference between acquittal and innocence.”

Partial transcript as follows:

MATTHEWS: I want to make a point with you about the media. One thing you have to say about me when I’ve been unpopular about my opinions. I’ve been tough on Al Gore. I thought he ran a terrible campaign. And I didn’t like the message of fear. I’ve been pretty tough on these guys. I’ve been tough on all of them. I was not not exactly best friends of the Clintons in the 2008 campaign. So I don’t run with the pack. So when you go after the media, it better not be me. I’m not in the pack.

CORTES: I’ll concede that and I’ll applaud you. When I look at the broad mainstream media, Hillary Clinton on Sunday morning, while admittedly Trump was having a very bad weekend, but on Sunday morning she went on Fox News and effectively said that FBI Director Comey exonerated her.

MATTHEWS: She is wrong.

CORTES: And he said the exact opposite.

MATTHEWS: She is wrong.

CORTES: And that got almost no news coverage compared to Donald Trump so…

MATTHEWS: And there is a difference between acquittal and innocence.

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