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'Reckless Behavior' Will Haunt Hillary

'Reckless Behavior' Will Haunt Hillary

By Wednesday, 06 July 2016 09:20 AM Current | Bio | Archive

The FBI may not have recommended the Justice Department seek indictment of Hillary Clinton but she will likely face a barrage of stinging rebukes from Donald Trump and others as she battles for the presidency in November.

"How many different ways can you spell ‘reckless behavior' commercials?" said Franklin and Marshall College professor G. Terry Madonna. "They will be ubiquitous."

Slammed by what FBI Director James Comey called "extreme carelessness" for using a personal email server rather than her official email while in Barack Obama's Cabinet from 2009-12, Clinton will find a tough road ahead.

"While this may be over as to the legal process, the court of public opinion will have the ultimate say and this issue will dog Clinton well into the fall," former Republican National Chairman Michael Steele told me, "Her judgment here — and the judgment of her husband for that matter — continue to illustrate how the Clintons are still held to a different standard than the rest of us.

"At some point the America people have to be sick of that."

Former Rep. John Linder, R-Ga., a past chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, predicted to me that "Jim Comey clearly had to have been heavily influenced by superiors. His decision did not match his words. While exonerating her legally he wrote the commercials for the campaign against her.

Linder felt Comey was saying Clinton "broke the law by mishandling state secrets recklessly and with gross negligence and then she lied about it over and over again. The media attention has universally been absent attention to her exoneration. It was all about her lies. "This was not a good day for Mrs. Clinton."

"Hillary Clinton's handling of our national security secrets may well be the defining issue of the campaign," said Marc Rotterman, host of Front Row on UNC TV's NC Channel. "This plays into the perception of the vast majority of voters that she can't be trusted.

"And it reinforces the view of many Americans that there is one set of laws for the powerful, well-connected political class and another for the ‘little people.'"

As for the argument heard by several Democrats and TV commentators that the e-mail server issue was "old news," historian David Pietrusza remarked that "dismissing the emails as 'old news' may work with many elements of the mainstream media — and probably with more than one debate moderator — but will have a much harder time passing the smell test with much of the public."

According to Pietrusza, author of four much-praised books on presidential campaign years, "Donald Trump has an innate sense of an opponent's weakness. He hones in their weakest points even if he has to invent them.

"This issue requires no creation nor embellishment. It speaks to a massively corrupt system and a sense of Washington special privilege. Bill Clinton famously spoke of Americans who 'play by the rules.' This decision plays Americans for fools."

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

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