For the first time, Hillary Clinton answered questions, under oath, about her use of an unauthorized, unsecured, non-government email server for all of her government work while serving as Secretary of State.

This means that for the first time, her answers were subject to perjury laws. Amazingly, with the threat of criminal punishment looming over her answers, the former Secretary of State and the smartest, most prepared, most qualified person to ever run for president has a serious memory recall issue with key facts about her operations in the State Department:

In her responses, Clinton used some variation of “does not recall” at least 21 times.

For example, Clinton was asked when she decided to use her private email account to conduct government business and whom she consulted in making that decision.

Clinton said she recalled making the decision in early 2009, but she “does not recall any specific consultations regarding the decision.”

Asked whether she was warned that using a private email account conflicted with federal record-keeping rules, Clinton responded that “she does not recall being advised, cautioned, or warned, she does not recall that it was ever suggested to her, and she does not recall participating in any communication, conversation, or meeting in which it was discussed.”

Fox News details even more basic aspects of Clinton’s extremely unique email scheme that seem to escape the brilliant and completely healthy 69-year-old grandmother’s mind:

Clinton also said she did not recall receiving a February 2011 memo warning her of increased attempts to hack into private email accounts belonging to senior State Department officials.

Clinton was also asked when she decided to use her private email account to conduct government business and whom she consulted in making that decision.

Clinton said she recalled making the decision in early 2009, but she “does not recall any specific consultations regarding the decision.”

Asked whether she was warned that using a private email account conflicted with federal record-keeping rules, Clinton responded that “she does not recall being advised, cautioned, or warned, she does not recall that it was ever suggested to her, and she does not recall participating in any communication, conversation, or meeting in which it was discussed.”

As David French noted last month, Hillary’s responses to the FBI included several claims that her head injury caused some memory loss thus making her incapable of answering some of the questions posed to her during the criminal probe of her email scheme:

Selective amnesia is hardly unusual in criminal investigations. Indeed, it’s an effective tactic for stalling investigations without committing perjury — how can a prosecutor prove you actually remember facts you claim you forgot? But the FBI files contained this interesting statement:

“Clinton stated she received no instructions or direction regarding the preservation or production of records from [the] State [Department] during the transition out of her role as secretary of state in 2013. . . . However, in December of 2012, Clinton suffered a concussion and then around the New Year had a blood clot. Based on her doctor’s advice, she could only work at State for a few hours a day and could not recall every briefing she received.”

The only way this observation does not raise a legitimate health concern is if Hillary raised her own health as a cynical, manipulative method of evading questions. In other words, if she’s telling the FBI the truth (as she’s bound by law to do), then her health issues were so profound that she not only dramatically curtailed her work, but she has literal gaps in her memory.

So does the inability to recall 21 separate details posed to her in a list of 25 questions a cynical strategy to evade her obligation to answer the deposition inquiries fully and truthfully, or is the woman who has absolutely no health concerns whatsoever experiencing the ongoing effects of a serious brain injury?

Judicial Watch, the non-profit government watch dog group whose FOIA requests brought on the lawsuit that led to the questions that Clinton couldn’t answer, issued the following statement:

“We’re pleased that we now have a little bit more information about Hillary Clinton’s email practices,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “Our lawyers will be reviewing the responses closely. Mrs. Clinton’s refusal to answer many of the questions in a clear and straightforward manner further reflects disdain for the rule of law.

Here are all of the questions and answers as provided by Judicial Watch, but here’s a shorter version that might save you some time: “I don’t recall.”

UPDATE:  Hard not to recall Rush Limbaugh’s great parody from the 90’s when Hillary suffered a similar amnesia during the Whitewater investigation:

 

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