The scandal surrounding Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her time as Secretary of State is heating up.
CBS News reported Sunday, “The Justice Department confirmed Friday it had received a request to investigate Clinton’s email account after a report by the inspectors general of the State Department and the Intelligence Community found that her private email account had ‘hundreds of potentially classified emails’ in it.”
When it was revealed in early March that Clinton had been using a private server exclusively during her tenure at the State Department, it became clear that this would pose a problem for her presidential campaign.
The New York Times reported, “At issue are thousands of pages of State Department emails from Mrs. Clinton’s private account.” “Mrs. Clinton has said she used the account because it was more convenient,” the Times noted, “but it also shielded her correspondence from congressional and Freedom of Information Act requests.”
Rand Paul responded to this ongoing investigation on Face the Nation this past Sunday by saying, “The Clintons think they live above the law.”
“This isn’t a bunch of Republicans making a political point, this is President Obama’s government saying she may have released classified information,“ added Paul.
As this investigation into her email practices continues, it will no doubt add fuel to the fire of those claiming that Hillary Clinton has intentionally worked to avoid transparency. This could certainly have the effect of compounding her image problem among voters as being seen as too elitist and out of touch.
The first batch of Mrs. Clinton’s emails, which were sent through her private server, were revealed to the public in late May of 2015. The most recent release occurred in late June. Over 55,000 pages from Clinton’s server were turned over to the State Department. Future document dumps are expected, per a court order.
How this scandal will impact Clinton’s campaign is likely to depend upon the content of her emails, and whether voters see her actions as a simple oversight, or a brazen attempt to flout transparency standards that has potentially put classified information at risk.