Is Hillary's private email scandal really a big deal or not?
Finally some respite from the impeachment inquiry (or is it all connected?). One of the day’s biggest headlines is CNN analyst Jeffrey Toobin apologizing for spending too much time talking about Hillary’s email scandal and, probably, contributing to her losing the election.
Toobin said this: “Because I talked about the e-mails here at CNN, I wrote about it in the New Yorker, and I think I paid too much attention to them, and I regret that. I hope a lesson is learned, I mean, this story turns out to be … a big nothing, and we spent months on it. Hillary Clinton very likely lost the election because of it, and I think I should have been talking about other issues, not about the e-mails.” Toobin’s statement came in response to the Justice Department concluding their investigation into Clinton’s email server issue and finding that there was no systematic effort from Hillary to mishandle classified information.
According to CNN, the amount of hysteria on the issue “was not warranted” and it was abused for political purposes. They conclude by saying that it was the media story. The problem with trying to downplay emails scandal is that the State Department really found hundreds of security violations and dozens of individuals who were implicated (https://www.mediaite.com/news/state-dept-clinton-email-probe-reportedly-found-no-deliberate-mishandling-of-classified-information-38-individuals-culpable-for-violations/). Not to mention that the public has a right to know if there are suspicions. Therefore, regardless of whether Hillary did it maliciously or not, the problem was not just the media story. It is wrong to look at it solely from Hillary’s perspective.
Fox News is correct in their conclusion that Toobin expressing his regrets about covering the story is wrong- after all, hundreds of violations were found and dozens implicated. On the other hand, they are failing to report correctly on what Toobin really wanted to convey with his statement. He is remorseful because he gave too much weight to the matter which was not fully investigated, especially since transmitting classified information via unclassified server does not automatically point to malicious intent.