Hillary Clinton struggles with transparency strategy
Hillary Clinton struggled Sunday with another round of questioning about her e-mail practices as secretary of state, saying she had no input into which of her messages were made public and little control over the controversy.So the control freak who wanted to keep people from getting access to her communications now says she can't control what will be found now that the server is yielding data she tried to delete. She is coming across as either deceitful or ignorant. Neither is an attractive position for a candidate for President.
Clinton, whose lead for the Democratic presidential nomination is shrinking in some national polls, said in an interview on NBC’s "Meet the Press" that her attorneys decided without her assistance which e-mails from the private server she used while at the State Department were business-related and would be made public. She expressed frustration the controversy hasn’t abated despite her explanations.
“It is like a drip, drip, drip and that’s why I said there’s only so much that I can control,” she said in her second interview on a Sunday news show in two weeks. “I can’t predict to you what the Republicans will come up with, what charges and claims they might make. I have no control over that.”
Clinton likened the investigation of her e-mail account to the scandals of the 1990s. “Another conspiracy theory?” she responded with a laugh when host Chuck Todd asked her to consider “an alternative explanation” of her e-mail issues.
Clinton said she doesn’t know whether the FBI, which is examining her server, will find business-related e-mails that weren’t among a batch of about 55,000 turned over to the State Department. She said she had left it to her lawyers to vet the e-mails.
“I wanted them to be as clear in the process as possible," she said. "I didn’t want to be looking over their shoulder."
The Obama administration this week said it had identified an exchange between Clinton and former Army Gen. David Petraeus from January 2009 that her team had not previously provided to the State Department. Her campaign previously said that she had handed over all business-related e-mails from March 2009 through her departure from State in early 2013.
Clinton said that "there was a transition period" when she joined the State Department and that she "wasn’t that focused on my e-mail account. What we had available at the time was turned over."