Hillary Clinton’s image among the American people has taken a hit following the revelation she used her own personal email server exclusively as Secretary of State and has refused to allow an independent party to inspect the server to see if she complied with the law.
A new CNN poll found that only 50 percent of Americans now view her as “honest and trustworthy”, down from 57 percent last March. The poll further discovered that at least 51 percent of Americans believe Clinton has a “somewhat serious problem” in the wake of the ongoing email scandal, while 31 percent believe the email issue is “very serious.”
Clinton’s press conference last week, after weeks of silence following the New York Times breaking the story about her private email use, seems to have raised more questions than it answered.
Fifty-one percent believe the former Secretary “has not done enough” to explain her decision to use her private email account, which at the very least appears to be a violation of federal guidelines, very likely a violation of federal law.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, after an uncomfortable interchange with AP reporter Matt Lee yesterday regarding whether Clinton had signed a required separation document affirming she turned over all official records, admitted today, “Well, we have reviewed Secretary Clinton’s official personnel file and administrative files and do not have any record of her signing any of the 0F-109.”
Lee did not relent until Psaki fully answered his question:
“So, when you say that you do not have any record of her signing it, does that mean that there is no such document with her signature on it in the file?” Lee followed up.
“That we have found access to? Yes,” Psaki said.
“So, in other words, you’re not sure that she did — or whether you’re still not sure if she did or didn’t?” Lee asked.
“I think we’re fairly certain she did not,” Psaki admitted. “We don’t have record of it.”
The survey also found that support for Clinton regarding the email controversy falls along party lines, with Independents evenly divided:
About a quarter of Democrats (27%) think Clinton did something wrong by using the personal email system, along with 53% of independents and 74% of Republicans. And 30% of Democrats say Clinton has not done enough to explain why she chose to use the personal email system. That climbs to 79% among Republicans and 50% among independents.
The CNN poll further indicated that former President Bill Clinton remains popular among Americans, enjoying a 65 percent approval rating. Former presidents normally enjoy a bump in their popularity after stepping down.
h/t: Business Insider
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