No doubt Hillary Clinton has bounced back from many scandals throughout her public life. But now that she’s running for president, it appears the email issue is just mushrooming.
The decision to hand over her server five months after the personal server became public reflects a mounting concern for Clinton’s trustworthiness in this 2016 presidential campaign.
Former Secretary of State Clinton has always maintained she turned over all of her work-related emails to the State Department and deleted all others--and, until this week, refused to turn over her home server to the government.
“I opted for convenience to use my personal email account, which was allowed by the State Department, because I thought it would be easier to carry just one device,” said Clinton last spring.
Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.-4th District) oversees the committee investigating the Benghazi attacks on Secretary Clinton’s watch. He’s been asking for her server for five months. Now that’s it’s been learned some of her emails have been called into legal question, Congressman Gowdy feels vindicated.
“You know, nobody has to run for public office and you don’t have to accept it when you’re asked to join public office. But when you do, there are certain rules you have to play by. So, what we learned is that she was above the rules,” says Rep. Gowdy.
Some pundits called Gowdy’s committee a political witch hunt. But, now that Clinton is turning her server over to legal agencies, the Democratic front-runner for president is fighting a two-front battle.
Dr. David Rehr, a George Washington University political professor, says, “It’s now only after the FBI, the Justice Department and the IG’s asked for it that she’s releasing it, so it looks like she has to, at a time when her poll numbers are slipping.”
To add to this political intrigue, the latest Boston Herald/ FPU poll out Wednesday shows potential New Hampshire voters favoring Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton by 7 percentage points.
Trey Gowdy says his committee’s work was never about politics, but justice and abiding by law.
“My other reaction was to smile a little bit,” says Rep. Gowdy. “Usually, you don’t voluntarily turn things over to the FBI.”
Republican presidential hopeful Bobby Jindal is one of several GOP presidential candidates circling the wagons in this latest “Server Saga.” He told a crowd in Iowa Wednesday that Clinton is one email away from going to prison.