Democratic operative James Carville, who worked on the presidential campaigns of both Bill and Hillary Clinton, said Hillary’s use of a private email account during her time as Secretary of State was legal and because she was trying to avoid congressional oversight.
“I suspect she didn’t want Louie Gohmert riffling through her emails, which seems to me to be a kind of reasonable position for someone to take,” Carville said, referring to the Texas Republican congressman. “So, just like everything else before it, it amounts to nothing but a bunch of people flapping they jaws about nothing.”
The scandal is now being traced back to leaks from a key senior Obama advisor: Valerie Jarrett. The New York Post’s Ed Klein claims Jarrett was careful to leak sensitive information about Clinton’s tenure to contacts outside the White House, to deflect any connection to the Obama administration.
“My contacts and friends in newspapers and TV tell me that they’ve been contacted by the White House and offered all kinds of negative stories about us,” Bill Clinton reportedly said, according to one of the former president’s friends. “The Obama’s are behind the email story and they’re spreading rumors that I’ve been with women, that Hillary promoted people at the State Department who’d done favors for our foundation, that John Kerry had to clean up diplomatic messes Hillary left behind.”
Jarrett also requested that the State Department start a series of investigations into Hillary’s conduct while at the agency. Both she and President Obama fear that if Clinton becomes president, she’ll end many programs Obama initiated.
Indiana Congresswoman Susan Brooks is calling for Hillary to pass on the email server that hosted her private address, and not jus’ copies of the relevant electronic messages.
“Right now there is no way for us to know whether we have all of the State Department communications that rightfully belong to the American people. The only way to truly know is by having access to Secretary Clinton’s personal server,” Brooks said. “That is why we are asking Secretary Clinton to turn her server over to a neutral, third-party arbiter.”
Clinton claims she has no plans to turn over the server and that all work-related emails are in the hands of the State Department. The House Select Committee has issued a subpoena for Hillary’s server following the original email revelations.