Hillary Clinton says she has been ‘as transparent as possible’ regarding e …

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Bill Clinton opens up about controversy surrounding wife Hillary.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday that she didn’t personally review her emails to determine which related to work and which were personal before turning them over to the State Department, but relied on her attorneys to make the proper determinations. In a year in which every other supposed front-runner and establishment candidate has collapsed to single digits or has already withdrawn from the race — yes, I am talking about you, Jeb Bush, and you, Scott Walker — Hillary Rodham Clinton continues to lead the Democratic field with more than 40% of the vote.Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff —and not Clinton herself — signed a State Department form that helped another Clinton aide change to a job status that allowed broader private-sector employment, a Clinton campaign official said late Saturday.While the presidential news continues to revolve around the Donald Trump & Barnum & Bailey Circus, by far the most significant political fact of the summer that just ended was the air that has been steadily leaking from the Hillary Clinton balloon.

Hillary Clinton, who was the Democratic frontrunner when she announced her bid for the White House in April, has faced increasing scrutiny over her email use, including a personal computer server set up at her home in New York, and faces several inquiries in the Republican-controlled Congress. “It always happens. But when pollsters asked those favoring Biden to pick their second-choice candidate, the majority of Biden backers flocked to Clinton, who would lead Sanders by 15 points without the vice president in the race. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has been investigating whether Abedin’s simulatenous official and private roles led to an improper conflict of interest. We’re seeing history repeat itself,” her husband, who served two terms from 1992 to 2000, told CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” program. “The other party doesn’t want to run against her.

If the plan works, she’ll come down to earth slowly and then be buoyed up again later on, as the lack of a truly acceptable alternative becomes clearer. Suspicion that Clinton might have been directly involved in Abedin’s job shift grew on Thursday when conservative group Judicial Watch released documents it obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. And given the fact that no vice president who has sought his party’s nomination has ever been denied it, you would think Clinton’s 20-point lead over Joe Biden would be seen as a remarkable sign of strength. POLITICO reported that Clinton was named on the official document to be the supervisor to oversee this particular part of the job change, which continues to be the case. POLITICO asked the campaign last week whether the signature could indeed be someone else’s, including Mills specifically, but they declined to answer the question.

It’s a way of releasing damaging information in the least damaging way, and it’s been carefully designed by her and her team in response to various congressional subpoenas and judicial orders. Her camp instead argued that the important point was that the document in question was a mere “title change” that went alongside the process whereby Abedin would become a special government employee. They, and the administration she served, are dribbling out information in a haphazard manner that is designed to keep the drips from pooling together in a way that would eventually cause a flood.

While first lady, her husband faced several political scandals, including efforts by U.S. lawmakers to impeach him and the real estate controversy known as Whitewater. She was also asked about discrepancies in when she first began using her personal account, replying “there was a transition period” as she took office. “You know, I wasn’t that focused on my email account,” she said. The official declined to comment, however, on how Clinton aides know it was Mills who signed the form or whether they have access to an unredacted copy of the document.

Clinton is likely to be questioned about Abedin’s job arrangement and her previous claims on the issue during an interview Sunday morning for NBC’s “Meet The Press” and a new weekday edition of the program to be carried by MSNBC. But, the aide said, the domain clintonemail.com was bought in January 2009, and “it appears she started using it” before it was housed on the server. Clinton said that setting up the personal system was less complicated that it might seem, noting the server was already in place for her husband, former President Bill Clinton. “It was sitting there in the basement. Some of the messages were sent to or from Clinton’s clintonemail.com account, officials said, even though they were not among the 30,000 messages she turned over to her former agency at its request last December.

She also was asked about concerns among supporters that the email story will persist in “drip, drip, drip” fashion and asked whether she could assure them that there is nothing else out there. “It is like a drip, drip, drip, and that’s why I said there’s only so much that I can control,” she said. “I can’t predict to you what the Republicans will come up with, what kind of charges or claims they might make. I can’t control that.” “If people are uncertain, if they have concerns about these questions around the emails, it is their choice to say that’s going to influence how I think about the election. Pundits can focus on her weaknesses, her mistakes and her negatives while overlooking her strengths — for them, there are no real consequences — but her opponents do so at their own peril. But she said she hopes that people will also look at her record of advocating for families and her proposals to deal with raising incomes, and dealing with the high costs of college and prescription drugs and other issues. “That’s what I hope people focus on and people can make their minds up.” She added that in the 1990s, she was subject to “the same kind of barrage” of criticism and still the voters of the New York sent her to the Senate because they were more concerned about what she would do to help them. “I trust the voters to make that decision this time around too,” she said. Their joint life experience offers proof that a candidate can weather scandals and reputational slings and arrows that would take down most other people.

The clintonemail.com account was not linked to President Bill Clinton’s server at their family home in Chappaqua, N.Y. until the March 18 date, which is when the server began storing Hillary Clinton’s email correspondence, the official said. Bill survived the Gennifer Flowers sex scandal to win the Democratic nomination in 1992 and the Whitewater financial scandal to win a second presidential term in 1996. Clinton also addressed her changed positions on three high-profile issues: legality of same-sex marriage, which she now supports, and building the Keystone XL pipeline and the Iraq war, both of which she now opposes. On Keystone, for instance, she said that people now know more about the “dirtiness” of the oil being extracted from the Canadian tar sands, which would be transported by the new pipeline if built. “I’m not one who stakes out a position and holds it regardless of the evidence or regardless of the way I perceive what’s happening around me,” she said. “That’s how the Republicans are.”

The poll includes interviews with 230 Republican voters, and results for this question carry a margin of error of plus or minus 6.5 percentage points. Sanders may hold the lead in Iowa and New Hampshire, but those states have never decided who the Democratic nominee will be; they merely winnow the field. The poll was conducted Sept. 20-24 for the two media outlets by the Democratic firm Hart Research Associates and the Republican firm Public Opinion Strategies. The candidate suffering from Sanders’ strength and speculation about Biden is not Clinton, it’s Martin O’Malley, who might otherwise have captured the “not Clinton” vote. But it would have been nuts for anyone really serious to challenge Hillary when she was already enormously famous, sitting atop an unparalleled fundraising machine and clearly willing to use hard knuckles if necessary against anyone who might deny her this last shot at the big brass ring.

In 2008, Obama proved early on that he could win his fair share of the progressive white vote; then he dominated Clinton with nonwhites across the rest of the country. And yet he still lost the popular vote (if you include Michigan, where he wasn’t on the ballot) and won the delegate count only by the slimmest of margins. To believe that Sanders or even Biden can defeat Clinton, you have to believe they can run as well against her (after the first two contests) as Obama did. And unlike Obama, who held Clinton to just 20% of the nonwhite vote through much of 2008, Sanders is trailing Clinton by 40 to 60 points among nonwhite Democrats. Pundits seem to enjoy questioning Clinton’s ability to energize the Obama coalition, but Sanders hasn’t been able to get out of the teens in terms of support among blacks or Latinos.

She leads them both by 32 points in Florida, where she defeated Obama despite exit polls showing he had won 75% of the black vote. (Sanders or Biden will be lucky to get 50% of the black vote against Clinton.) Have all the Democratic voters in these states not heard of her emails and the server? These are what is known, in technical parlance, as “lies.” But there isn’t a single big whopping lie (yet) that makes the entire pack comprehensible.

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