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Election 2016: Latest emails make Hillary Clinton an issue



by Joseph Earnest  August 23, 2016   


Newscast Media WASHINGTON—The discovery of a big batch of previously undisclosed emails related to her private account is bad news for Hillary Clinton, a US politics scholar told Deutsche Welle, as it takes the pressure off Trump and turns it up on Clinton.

Iwan Morgan, professor of US studies at University College London, said the 15,000 undisclosed documents from Clintons private email account could be quite damaging as it tends to confirm her reputation of untrustworthiness and slipperiness.

"In reality perhaps there is nothing untoward in the emails, but where the problem might arise is if there is really material in these emails that should not have been sent to her private email address and if there is a security compromise in having done so," Morgan said.

The State Department is now going through them to finalize a release, and it will take a while before we know what's in them. The potential for damage is there. And even if the emails don't hold material which is compromising to national security, they really force the issue back onto Clinton. Up until now the election issue has been Trump. This, if it doesn't take the heat off Trump entirely, makes Clinton an issue as well.

A federal judge ordered the State Department to develop a preliminary release schedule and set a new hearing for September 23. The emails are to be released just in time for the debates and will become a big issue in the debates, whereas Clinton was hoping the focus would be on Trump. It will now become as well an issue of how trustworthy and truthful she is. If there is a damaging revelation, Clinton's reality will become even worse.

It is bad news for Clinton at a time when Trump was the media's focus. Clinton's hope is that Trump doesn't stick to the script and doesn't keep his mouth shut - and that the pendulum swings back to him.   Add Comments>>


Source: Deutsche Welle













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