Halperin: I’ve Never Dealt With a Campaign ‘As Unresponsive’ As Hillary’s

Bloomberg Politics Managing Editor Mark Halperin stated of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s handling of her email scandal, “I have never in my career, dealt with a presidential campaign who’s as unresponsive to basic questions” on Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Host Joe Scarborough said, “why didn’t the FBI go in and seize the server? There was classified information on the server, there was classified information on the thumb drive. Why was this a voluntary exercise for six months? Why — where were you, FBI? Where were you, Justice Department? Where were you, State Department? You had classified information outside your control. A private citizen had classified information. You had no idea what was out there. And you did nothing for six months, and allowed a citizen to decide whether the classified information was going to be taken over or not? Explain that to Americans. You need to explain that to Americans, because somebody is being political, and possibly endangering America’s national security.”

Halperin expressed his agreement with Scarborough “on the substance.” He continued, “On the politics of it in Iowa, when she told that joke, there were people around me who gasped, because it’s not a joking matter for a lot of people. She said, here at the fair, when she had a press availability, real voters don’t talk to her about this. They never bring it up to her. Well, you know what, Joe? Real people never bring up to me that I need to lose some weight. They never tell me that. They might talk about it to other people, but they never say it to me. I will tell you, here in Iowa, talking to people at the fair, talking to elite Democrats, they bring her emails up to me. Extraordinary high degree — high frequency of people saying, ‘What’s the deal?’ It’s why Joe Biden, I think, and why maybe Al Gore and others are saying, ‘Do we have a problem here? Are we headed towards nominating someone by consensus, who has this big problem?’ I have never in my career, dealt with a presidential campaign, who’s as unresponsive to basic questions. Governor Rendell said, [paraphrasing] ‘Turn over the server.’ That’s not the only issue. There’s lots of facts that they won’t respond to on a daily basis. You can ask them every day, ‘What are the answers to these questions?’ At a time when people want transparency, she’s still an extraordinarily strong candidate, she’s a great public servant. She’s, I think, right now, the most likely person to be elected president, but she is not dealing with this issue. And between the FBI and the Congressional investigations, this is not only not going away, but it shouldn’t go away on the substance, and voters do care about it.”

(h/t Daily Caller)

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