January 18, 2016
Watch the long pause and the repeated, slow head shaking from Hillary Clinton when she's asked if the FBI has interviewed her.
The pause after the question is so long and the head shaking is so extensive — continuing even as Tapper moves on to thanking her for doing the show — that I felt sure she was lying. I thought the interesting question was not whether she was lying but how it felt — inside her head — from 0:08 to 0:10.5 as she decided a straight, one-word lie was the best approach. She must have calculated the risks and made a rough stab at how — if the fact of an interview ever comes out — she would do a depends-on-what-the-meaning-of-is-is explanation.
Tapper's question was "In terms of the status of the FBI investigation into your private e- mail server, have you been interviewed by the FBI yet?" I snarked: "It depends on what the meaning of 'interview' is." And: "It depends on what the meaning of 'yet' is."