The past 24 hours have been horrific for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. After months of refusing to turn over all the goods – make that “the bads” – involved with her private email server containing classified emails, she finds herself lagging in the polls. In fact, a new poll from Franklin Pierce University and the Boston Herald shows that Sen. Bernie Sanders is leading Clinton by 7 percentage points. In the poll, Clinton has a mere 37 percent among likely Democratic primary voters to Sanders 44 percent, according to an NBC News report on Wednesday morning.
Confusingly though, Democrats have not quite yet convinced themselves that Sanders will be the ultimate nominee for their Party for 2016. Sixty-five percent believe that she will still somehow emerge as the presidential nominee for the general election compared to just 11 percent who believe Sanders will win the nomination. This is in spite of all the bad press Clinton is getting and is expected to continually receive from the email server scandal. According to NBC political analysts, the email server controversy is not going to go away.
The former secretary of state will give the Justice Department her home private server as well as a thumb drive which contains copies of her emails, says Fox News. The inspector general for the intelligence community reviewed some of the emails and asserts that two of the emails definitely contained “top secret” information which is the highest classification of government intelligence. Critics say the risk and possible damage that has been done by such carelessness in communication by a government official, as practiced by Clinton as secretary of state, is horrendous.
As much as a half year ago, what has happened regarding the surrendering of the email servers and more by Clinton is exactly what critics and analysts said would eventually have to happen. An incredible increased negative to the entire incident is that Clinton has been defiant and belligerent in making the Justice Department wait so long to get on with the necessary examination of her server. Obviously, Clinton has finally realized it cannot wait until after she has clinched her Democratic Party’s nomination for the 2016 presidential election. Yet, she continues to fight the facts.
The Clinton camp is now saying that those emails are not classified. Clinton and her camp are defiantly and publicly disagreeing with the government officials who have labeled the emails as definitely having documented “top secret” information in them. Weeks ago, House Speaker John Boehner publicly asked Clinton to turn over her private server (see video clip) and she adamantly and defiantly refused to respond to his – or anyone else – request at that time.
Again, the damage to Clinton over the email mess is beginning to show in the polls. It was reported several weeks ago that Clinton’s trust factor has been hit hard by her ongoing scandals, primarily the emails but also Benghazi. One of the first polls showing she is only trusted by 43 percent of the voters was way back in mid-June by the Quinnipiac University Swing State Poll, according to CNN. Since then her numbers have gotten worse.