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WashPost: Hillary's Email Scrutiny Overshadows Real Election Issues

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By    |   Friday, 09 Sep 2016 01:08 PM

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's email scandal has been treated with more importance than it requires, according to The Washington Post's editorial board. 

During Wednesday's Commander-in-Chief Forum, NBC's Matt Lauer spent an unnecessary amount of time discussing the emails when more pressing topics were at hands, writes the Post. 

"Judging by the amount of time NBC's Matt Lauer spent pressing Hillary Clinton on her emails during Wednesday's national security presidential forum, one would think that her homebrew server was one of the most important issues facing the country this election. It is not," the board writes.

"There are a thousand other substantive issues — from China's aggressive moves in the South China Sea to National Security Agency intelligence-gathering to military spending — that would have revealed more about what the candidates know and how they would govern.

"Instead, these did not even get mentioned in the first of 5 and one-half precious prime-time hours the two candidates will share before Election Day, while emails took up a third of Ms. Clinton's time," the board continued.

The post notes CNN's report on a memo from FBI Director James Comey in which he considered "the case itself was not a cliff-hanger; despite all the chest-beating by people no longer in government, there really wasn't a prosecutable case."

And Secretary of State Colin Powell's attempt to distance himself from Clinton's email practices amid the appearance that Powell also used a private server.

The Post also mentions that the story of "30 deleted Benghazi emails" damaged Clinton before it was discovered that the emails contained nothing of significance, according to Politico.

The board did not side with Clinton on the issue, and said, "Ms. Clinton is hardly blameless."

"She treated the public's interest in sound record-keeping cavalierly. A small amount of classified material also moved across her private server. But it was not obviously marked as such, and there is still no evidence that national security was harmed.

"Ms. Clinton has also admitted that using the personal server was a mistake. The story has vastly exceeded the boundaries of the facts," the board wrote.

Clinton's email issues are "minor" compared to the possibility of electing Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, writes the Post.

"Imagine how history would judge today's Americans if, looking back at this election, the record showed that voters empowered a dangerous man because of … a minor email scandal. There is no equivalence between Ms. Clinton's wrongs and Mr. Trump's manifest unfitness for office."

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