Phil Houston is CEO of QVerity, a training and consulting company specializing in detecting deception by employing a model he developed while at the Central Intelligence Agency. Over his 25 year career, he has conducted thousands of interviews and interrogations for the CIA and other federal agencies. His colleague Don Tennant contributed to this report.
In a riveting, if uncomfortable, appearance before the House Oversight Committee on July 7, FBI Director James Comey affirmed that statements made by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, related to questions about her use of personal email to send and receive classified information, were untrue. As disturbing as that was, what was even more difficult to watch was an interview with Secretary Clinton the next day that demonstrated not only a lack of contrition on her part, but a lack of intent to change her questionable behavior.
There was an almost surreal element to the Capitol Hill hearing, in which Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) asked Director Comey about the truthfulness of several statements Secretary Clinton had made about the matter.
“Secretary Clinton said there was nothing marked classified on her emails either sent or received,” Gowdy said. “Was that true?”