Fox News host confronts Clinton campaign manager on 'dishonest' claim FBI letter was only sent to Republicans

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The Hillary Clinton campaign manager was pressed Sunday over why his candidate falsely claimed Friday that the FBI director only initially sent his letter about the agency's renewed email probe to Republicans.

"Why would she say something that is so flatly untrue?" Chris Wallace, host of "Fox News Sunday," asked campaign manager Robby Mook.

"You know, Chris, this has been really overhyped," Mook replied.

"Well, she said it, I didn't," Wallace quipped back.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at a news conference at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. The FBI dropped what amounts to a political bomb on the Clinton campaign on Friday when it announced it was investigating whether new emails involving the Democratic presidential nominee contain classified information.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, right, accompanied by campaign manager Robby Mook, second from right, and traveling press secretary Nick Merrill, second from left, departs after speaking at a news conference at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. Clinton is calling on the FBI to release more information about its review of emails that may be related to its investigation into her private server.

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DES MOINES, IA - OCTOBER 28: Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks to reporters following a campaign rally at Roosevelt High School on October 28, 2016 in Des Moines, Iowa. With less than two weeks to go until election day, Hillary Clinton is campaigning in Iowa.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, accompanied by traveling press secretary Nick Merrill, left, arrives to speak at a news conference at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. The FBI dropped what amounts to a political bomb on the Clinton campaign on Friday when it announced it was investigating whether new emails involving the Democratic presidential nominee contain classified information.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, left, accompanied by traveling press secretary Nick Merrill, center, departs after speaking at a news conference at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa, Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. Clinton is calling on the FBI to release more information about its review of emails that may be related to its investigation into her private server.

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Mook said that Clinton merely "looked at the front page" of the letter FBI Director James Comey sent to Congress and saw only Republicans. The Democrats were listed on the second page.

Wallace continued to press Mook on the point.

"I want to make on more point about this letter," he said. "You say it's hype. Come sent the letter about 1:00 p.m. Eastern time on Friday. Your campaign chairman, John Podesta, put out a statement at 3:45 p.m. in which he made exactly the same charge that this letter had been sent just to Republicans, not to the Democrats."

Wallace continued: "Three hours and 15 minutes later, Hillary Clinton makes the same charge. This was a talking point of your campaign — and frankly it was a dishonest talking point."

"Chris, if your question is whether Democratic leaders were CC'd on that letter, the answer is absolutely yes," Mook replied.

The FBI director on Friday sent congressional leaders a short letter notifying them that the agency was examining new emails it had discovered related to its investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server.

The Democratic presidential nominee has said she's confident whatever the FBI has discovered won't put her in hot water and has called on the agency to immediately release all its information on the investigation.

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