When Hillary Clinton was first lady, she did not have a security clearance, but she was “often provided” classified information, she told her longtime friend and ABC News host George Stephanopoulos in a long-forgotten Dec. 30, 2007 interview rediscovered by The Daily Caller.
It was just weeks before the 2008 Iowa caucuses and Clinton was out touting her foreign policy experience, both as a senator from New York and as first lady. She wanted to be seen as the strong and experienced choice in contrast to upstart Barack Obama, then a senator from Illinois.
But during the interview, video of which is no longer online, Stephanopoulos pointed to a New York Times article published that same month which downplayed Clinton’s foreign policy credentials.
The Times reported:
But during those two terms in the White House, Mrs. Clinton did not hold a security clearance. She did not attend National Security Council meetings. She was not given a copy of the president’s daily intelligence briefing. She did not assert herself on the crises in Somalia, Haiti and Rwanda.
Clinton shot down the report in her interview with Stephanopoulos, telling the former Bill Clinton aide that her experience in the White House was “unique” and that she was a “part of making history.”
And to bolster her bona fides, Clinton bragged that she handled classified information — even without the security clearance.