Hillary Clinton's personal attorney balked at the State DepartGallup reveals what we all sensed, "Email" Defines Clinton;
ment's first effort to erase a newly-classified email from the thumb drive containing about 30,000 messages she turned over to her former agency, according to just-released correspondence.
Clinton lawyer David Kendall said deleting the now-secret message could run afoul of promises he previously made to the House Benghazi committee and two inspectors general to preserve electronic copies of all Clinton's work-related message from her tenure as secretary of state.
"I have responded to each preservation request by confirming to the requestor that I would take reasonable steps to preserve the 55,000 pages of former Secretary Clinton's emails in their present electronic form," Kendall wrote to Undersecretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy on June 15. "I therefore do not believe it would be prudent to delete, as you request, the above-referenced email from the master copies of the [Microsoft Outlook] PST file that we are preserving."
Hillary Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, has offered specific positions on a variety of issues while campaigning. But when Gallup recently asked Americans to say what they recall reading or hearing about her, one word -- "email" -- drowned out everything else.and provided this lovely word cloud to show what "we" collectively think of when we hear her name:
NYT: Media may have underestimated impact of Hillary e-mail scandal
Nate Cohn, the New York Times’ data guru, says that the conventional wisdom and the return to campaigning doesn’t explain this collapse in favorability … but the scandal at least correlates to it:Why Are Women Ditching Hillary? Short answer? They think shes a liar, and they don't want to be associated with her:
For the first time in her two decades in national politics, more Americans see Mrs. Clinton unfavorably than favorably. Her net-favorability rating — now a dismal minus-ten or perhaps worse — is at least 15 points worse than it was at this time in 2008. . .Here’s Cohn’s chart of Hillary’s unfavorables, which have reached a nadir in her public career — so far:
It is hard to argue that these losses were inevitable, given that they now place her beneath where she was in the last 2008 primary — a contest she entered with far less support from voters and party elites than she held at the beginning of this year. They raise the possibility that political scientists and data journalists — including this one — have underestimated the significance of the email affair, which is the simplest — if unproven — explanation for those losses. …
Most data journalists and political scientists had argued that the email revelations were just another muddled, politicized dispute that would quickly split the electorate along partisan lines. But recent surveys — like an ABC/Washington Post survey from this week — show that a significant minority of Democrats (29 percent to 33 percent, depending on the question) disapprove of her handling of questions about the email issue, think she broke government regulations or think she tried to cover up the facts.
The latest bad news for Clinton came last week from the NBC News/Marist poll Sanders Leads Clinton by 9 in N.H., Gains in Iowa: Poll, which showed Clinton losing to Sanders by nine percentage points in New Hampshire, thanks mostly a huge drop in Clinton’s female support. Although Clinton still held onto women by seven points, her lead among women there is down 16 points since July. The same holds true in Iowa, where Clinton’s lead among Democratic women shrank 24 points between July and September. A previous PPP poll showed Clinton losing New Hampshire women to Sanders by three points.Bill Clinton's office checked with State Dept. on paid speech to group with Tehran ties
Perhaps more worrisome, women don’t seem to think she’s telling the truth about her server. Among all female voters, 51 percent in a Fox News poll said Clinton “knowingly lied” about her private server, while 51 percent of women in CNN’s August survey said Clinton did something wrong when she decided to control her email through her own server.
An aide to Bill Clinton asked the State Department in 2012 about the former president potentially delivering a paid speech to an Iranian government-tied group that has pushed for an end to all U.S. sanctions against Tehran, according to an email exclusively obtained by Fox News.
The email request, in June 2012, came during a sensitive time for then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that in July 2012, one of her top aides, Jake Sullivan, started meeting in secret with Iranian diplomats in talks that helped paved the way for the nuclear deal with Tehran.
The email from the former president's office was sent on June 4, 2012, from an aide to Bill Clinton to three aides for then-Secretary Clinton, including Sullivan as well as State Department chief of staff Cheryl Mills. It concerned an event in the U.S. hosted by the National Iranian American Council.
"Would USG have any concerns about WJC doing a paid speech for [the] National Iranian American Council ('NIAC')?" Ami Desai, an aide to the former president, wrote. "We have been approached by the National Iranian American Council ('NIAC') for President Clinton to speak at a fundraising gala they are putting on."
In the end, Bill Clinton did not deliver those speeches, or the one with the National Iranian American Council.You can't say he doesn't learn, albeit a bit slowly.
Wombat-socho has the big "Rule 5 Sunday: Roll Tide!" post up at the The Other McCain.