Posted: 1:17 pm Saturday, September 3rd, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
Two weeks ago, I wrote a blog about how Hillary Clinton just could not shake the story about why she set up a private email server during her time as Secretary of State, and the partial release on Friday of notes taken during an interview with Clinton and a summary review of the FBI’s own investigation only reinforced that notion.
Her email troubles are not going away in the 2016 campaign, especially with new documents set for release later this month.
Critics didn’t have to go far to find items inside the newly released FBI documents that created howls of outrage about why Clinton hadn’t been charged with the mishandling of classified information.
FBI documents about Sec. Clinton cast further doubt on Justice Dept's decision to avoid prosecuting what is a clear violation of the law.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) September 3, 2016
WSJ: This is a preview of how she would govern as President, a get-away-with-anything entitlement attitude characterizing the Clintons.
— JohnCornyn (@JohnCornyn) September 3, 2016
The FBI release probably won’t ruin Clinton’s campaign for President, or even really put a dent in it – but it certainly does feed the fire of those opposed to her, and gives Republicans plenty of new ammunition to use against her, new examples to throw at her on a daily basis.
Even the press corps was able to generate some chuckles, as the blanks left by the partial redaction of material in the FBI report generated new questions about what exactly what is in some of these emails that Clinton had sent while Secretary of State.
According to my sources, the key witness in the Clinton email probe is [_______], which should not surprise any of you.
— Mark Halperin (@MarkHalperin) September 3, 2016
But the news media also uncovered more details that are certain to filter in to talking points for Donald Trump.
This is crazy. 3 weeks after NYT publish Clinton email server story, there was a big wipe of her emails conducted pic.twitter.com/tlO0KJWYgz
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) September 2, 2016
And don’t forget – there will be more emails released in coming weeks, along with other materials – like her daily schedules from the time she was Secretary of State. It’s all just enough to keep the story percolating about what she was doing with that private email server and why.
The bottom line is a familiar one for Hillary Clinton, whether it’s the Rose Law Firm documents that suddenly surfaced at the White House, to the Whitewater investigation, Travelgate, Benghazi and more – there always seems to be smoke, but she’s never really charged with anything.
Republicans for years have hit at her credibility, as has Donald Trump. But it’s never really worked, as the Clintons always seem to emerge even stronger after questions about ethics and wrongdoing.
We’ll see if it’s different on November 8.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.