The front pages of the Washington Post and New York Times on Tuesday were a fresh reminder for Hillary Clinton and her supporters, that despite the refusal of the Justice Department to further pursue questions about her email use as Secretary of State, the issue of her email server and her personal foundation aren’t going away in the 2016 race.
“Donors given access to Clinton,” was the lead headline in the Washington Post, in a story about links between donations to the Clinton Foundation and access to Clinton as Secretary of State, while the New York Times focused on a federal judge ordering the State Department to swiftly review almost 15,000 emails unearthed by the FBI during its investigation.
Other headlines and stories from major news organizations made clear that this issue isn’t fading:
ABC: “The Clinton E-Mail Saga Stretches On”
NBC: “New Emails Show Clinton Foundation Donors Sought Special Access”
CNN: Clinton Foundation Becomes Campaign Issue
CBS: “It seems every time Hillary Clinton tries to delete the e-mail issue, it winds up back in her inbox.”
As for her emails, the latest news came from a federal judge on Monday, who ordered the State Department to review 14,900 emails that had not been turned over by Clinton’s lawyers, but had been unearthed by the FBI during its probe of Clinton’s email server, setting the stage for the release of some of those emails just weeks before Election Day.
As Republicans demanded more answers from Clinton, she tried to make light of the email issue during an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Show.
“They’re so boring,” Clinton said of her emails. “So, we’ve already released, I don’t know, 30,000 plus – so what’s a few more.”
For Republicans in the Congress, that is the problem – there are more, as they took aim both at Clinton and the news media.
Out on the campaign trail, Donald Trump was leading the Republican charge to fan the flames of trouble for Clinton, who has faced widespread voter discontent over her answers to questions about her email use.
Even some Democrats were shaking their heads, worried that the email issue gives Trump something to hold on to over the next eleven weeks of the campaign.
Clinton was also taking flak from one third party candidate, as Green Party nominee Jill Stein told reporters here in Washington that Clinton blurred the lines between her personal foundation and the job of Secretary of State.
“Regardless of the legality, this just raises serious questions about judgment and character,” Stein said.