Two important topics were missing from Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate in Milwaukee in light of recent developments: The State Department Inspector General’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation, and the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
Neither of the PBS moderators, Judy Woodruff or Gwen Ifill, chose to broach either subject. Breitbart reports that Woodruff contributed to the Clinton Foundation last year.
According to a Washington Post report published Thursday morning, “Investigators with the State Department issued a subpoena to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation last fall seeking documents about the charity’s projects that may have required approval from the federal government during Hillary Clinton’s term as secretary of state, according to people familiar with the subpoena and written correspondence about it.” (See video below.)
Regarding Clinton’s use of an unsecured, private email server as secretary of state, the FBI filed a letter last week in federal court confirming the bureau is actively investigating the matter.
Despite Clinton’s assurances to the contrary, over 1,600 emails containing classified information have been discovered, some deemed “top secret” as well as “Special Access Programs” material, which is more sensitive then “top secret.”
Based on exit polling from the New Hampshire primary earlier this week, these topics are relevant for discussion at a debate. Sen. Bernie Sanders won the contest convincingly, 60 percent to 38 percent for Clinton. CNN exit polling found honesty was the most important factor to voters in deciding who they would support in the Democratic primary; 34 percent listed it as most important, and of those 92 percent went for Sanders and 6 percent chose Clinton.
At a debate moderated by MSNBC last week, the former secretary of state sought to quash concerns the FBI investigation into her past conduct would in any way inhibit her bid for the presidency, saying she was “100 percent” certain nothing would come of it.
The Chicago Tribune’s editorial board published a compelling piece entitled Hillary Clinton and the FBI Primary last week, arguing the bureau will likely cast the deciding ballot of her candidacy. “In that election the FBI gets the only vote: Whether it thinks she should be prosecuted, or cleared, for her handling of government email outside of State Department protocols.”
h/t: Fox News