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Published On: Mon, Jul 27th, 2015

George Stephanopoulos, Cecilia Vega, ABC complain about Hillary Clinton’s email scandal which ‘won’t go away’

On Sunday, reporters on ABC’s Good Morning America and This Week repeatedly bemoaned that 2016 Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail while at the State Department “won’t go away.”

ABC’s Clinton reporter Cecilia Vega labeled the scandal “e-mailgate” before she complained to host George Stephanopoulos that the story “just won’t go away.”

Stephanopoulos noted that in multiple polls “the number of people who consider her [Hillary Clinton] not trustworthy continue to remain high” but stressed that there’s no evidence it is having a “fatal” impact on her 2016 bid.

News that Inspector General of the Intelligence Community concluded that Clinton’s email contains material from the intelligence community that should have been considered ‘secret’ at the time it was sent, the second-highest level of classification and have determined the former First Lady violated the law on four occassions.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks on the deaths of American personnel in Benghazi, Libya, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., September 12, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers remarks on the deaths of American personnel in Benghazi, Libya, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., September 12, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

On ABC’s This Week, Stephanopoulos turned to Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison asking if “these questions about the e-mails don’t go away. How much are you worried that this is hurting her campaign?”

This was dispensed as a “nonstory”  as Stephanopoulos tried his best to defend Clinton:

One of the things that the Clinton campaign says this is happening all the time, we’re victimized by these huge headlines that aren’t backed up by the story that’s there

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman attempted to emphasize that Clinton was correct in her assessment of the investigation:

The Department of Justice sources told us and told several other media outlets that this was a criminal referral and then walked that back many, many hours later. So that answers that question. She’s not wrong in terms of the substance of the IG complaint that some of this is bureaucratic infighting over what’s classified and what’s not classified.

The New York Times reporter said the impact of the criminal inquiry as not an “ideal situation” before adding that testimony before the Benghazi committee will “go a long way to ending some of this”:

And I think if you’re Hillary Clinton none of this is an ideal situation. And at the end of the day the e-mail situation began with her use of e-mail. And she said I have answered all of the questions. To the congressman’s point, she has not actually answered a lot of questions. She’ll have an opportunity to when she testifies in October and I think that will go a long way to ending some of this.  

See transcripts over at Newsbusters.

George Stephanopoulos photo - donkey hotey

George Stephanopoulos photo – donkey hotey

 

 

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