Hillary Clinton’s evolution from being an admired to mistrusted figure is not her fault said former President Bill Clinton on Sunday. Instead of Hillary taking the blame for her tarnished reputation due to months of incomplete, contradictory and vacillating statements about her use of a private email server while secretary of state, President Clinton says it is the fault of Republicans and the media who have exaggerated and overblown the situation.
“She said she was sorry that her personal email caused all this confusion,” he said in an interview aired Sunday on CNN.
“You know, at the beginning of the year, she was the most admired person in public life,” he said. “What happened? The presidential campaign happened. And the nature of the coverage shifted from issue-based to political.”
“I have never seen so much expended on so little,” the former president said. “The other party doesn’t want to run against her. And if they do, they’d like her as mangled up as possible.”
Hillary Clinton has insisted that she used the server for personal emails, although work-related emails were found on it since the FBI began their investigation. The full contents of those emails are likely to become public, which could further damage her reputation if her use of the private server did, in fact break national security rules. Hillary Clinton also contradicted security experts when she said that there was never classified information on the server.
To the former president, however, the issue is more about persecution than prosecution.
“I think that there are lots of people who wanted there to be a race for different reasons,” Bill Clinton said. “And they thought the only way they could make it a race was a full-scale frontal assault on her. And so this email thing became the biggest story in the world.”
Bill Clinton likened the email controversy to questions over the Whitewater land deal that he faced as president. Hillary Clinton made similar comparisons over the weekend.
“It is like a drip, drip, drip. And that’s why I said, there’s only so much that I can control,” she said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I can’t predict to you what the Republicans will come up with, what kind of, you know, charges or claims they might make.”
“I have been involved from the receiving side in a lot of these accusations,” Clinton said. “In fact as you might remember during the 90s there were a bunch of them. All of them turned out to be not true,” she said, referring to controversies like the Whitewater deal.
h/t: Fox News
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