Most Democrats are happily certain that all Hillary Clinton has to do to become our next President is just stay in the background until November, and let Donald Trump get all the (negative) headlines. Unfortunately for that line of thought, the pesky Federal Bureau of Investigation – FBI – keeps reminding voters why they don’t actually trust Clinton, by keeping her email scandal alive with new revelations about her questionable conduct.
That well-known conservative mouthpiece The Washington Post today printed a very clear analysis of what makes the FBI’s latest discovery a problem for Clinton’s “stay in the background” strategy:
“If you scrape away all of the spin and the political positioning that Hillary Clinton’s decision to use a private email server has spawned, you are left with these facts:
1. Clinton is the first Secretary of State to exclusively use a private email account for official business.
2. She is also the first Secretary of State to have a private email server housed at her home.
3. When asked by the State Department to turn over her emails, Clinton had a team of lawyers go through them to separate those that were purely personal and those that touched on some aspect of her professional life. The personal emails were deleted permanently off the server. The professional ones were turned over to State. Here’s how that broke down:
Clinton deleted more emails than she turned over. Her team never actually read all of the emails, skimming subject lines instead. And there was never anyone outside of Clinton’s direct orbit brought in to oversee the process. The essence of Clinton’s argument regarding this email sorting process was: Trust me.”
The problem is, no one not actually being paid by the Clinton team, or hoping to get a job in her administration, trusts her. And the latest FBI announcement reminds them why that is so.
Which leaves her campaign just hoping to run out the clock – and there are only 78 days to her coronation, umm, election.