Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton earned a flunking grade from the Washington Post fact checker Monday for her attempt this weekend to soft-pedal her private email scandal.

She said Sunday in an interview with Fox News' Chris Wallace, "[FBI Director James Comey] said my answers were truthful, and what I've said is consistent with what I have told the American people, that there were decisions discussed and made to classify retroactively certain of the emails."

But in an earlier interview, the former secretary of state said in no uncertain terms that she never sent or received classified State Department information over her unauthorized and unsecured private email servers.

"I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email. There is no classified materials," Clinton said. "I am confident that I never sent nor received any information that was classified at the time. I had not sent classified material nor received anything marked classified."

Comey clearly didn't agree with that prior assessment from Clinton. The FBI chief announced in early July he'd recommend no charges be brought against Clinton for her use of private email servers, but he also said his agency found several troubling details that conflicted with her statement.

"From the group of 30,000 emails returned to the State Department, 110 emails in 52 email chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received," he said.

Comey also said in an interview with Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., that Clinton had not told the truth about her emails.

Taken together, the FBI chief's comments on the matter contradict Clinton's claim this weekend she has been truthful in her statements on the email scandal, earning her a full four Pinocchios from the Washington Post's fact checker.

"As we have seen repeatedly in Clinton's explanations of the email controversy, she relies on excessively technical and legalistic answers to explain her actions. While Comey did say there was no evidence she lied to the FBI, that is not the same as saying she told the truth to the American public — which was the point of Wallace's question. Comey has repeatedly not taken a stand on her public statements," wrote the Post's Glenn Kessler.

"And although Comey did say many emails were retroactively classified, he also said that there were some emails that were already classified that should not have been sent on an unclassified, private server. That's the uncomfortable truth that Clinton has trouble admitting," he added.