Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Politico president and CEO Jim Vandehei weighed in on the latest news involving the investigation into Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton’s email server by the FBI.
Vandehei told host Joe Scarborough that the problem, as some have suggested, isn’t just the media coverage but the actual FBI investigation itself.
“To the question of whether this is sort of a media story versus a real story, I think the bigger problem is not just the media, it’s the FBI,” Vandehei said. “You have scores of people at the FBI who are clearly dug in on this case and who are leaking lots of material to said reporters and you have two judges that are now making it easier for people to go after the material. And if you think about Hillary Clinton’s probably right. There’s been a disproportionate amount of coverage on this. But I think most of the times when we’re talking about Hillary on this show or other shows, it’s almost always about the email scandal which does go to the heart of Hillary Clinton’s problem, which is most people think she is dishonest. We have not paid that much attention to that because we’re talking about the unfavorable ratings of Donald Trump. In all likelihood you’re going to head into the general election with two candidates who a majority of Americans think are dishonest. That says something about our politics. I think it says something about how nasty the campaign will be and I think as nasty as it’s been now, we sort of sometimes chuckle about it, it’s going to be 100 times worse in the general election. Can you imagine what Donald Trump would say?”
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