Hillary Clinton answer to a question at Sunday night’s Democratic presidential debate in Michigan was vague enough that, if listened to in a vacuum, it could make one wonder if she was talking about the Flint water crisis or her own private email scandal.
DON LEMON: Do you think people should go to jail?
HILLARY CLINTON: Well, that’s going to be up to the legal system, Don. I can’t–standing here–I don’t have all the facts, but people should be held accountable, wherever that leads. If it leads to resignation or recall if you’re in political office, if it leads to civil penalties, if it leads to criminal responsibility, there has to be an absolute accountability, and I will support whatever the outcome of those investigations are.
People could certainly be jailed over the federal investigation into Clinton’s unsecured private server as secretary of state and the potential mishandling of classified information. Clinton herself, as reported by the Washington Free Beacon, signed a non-disclosure agreement upon entering the State Department in 2009 laying out criminal penalties for negligent handling of classified information that could jeopardize national security.
The FBI formally confirmed its probe last month into the server, which contained 104 emails Clinton wrote containing classified information. Nearly two-dozen emails from the server had information classified “top-secret,” and there are more than 2,000 classified emails on it in total.
Sunday morning, CBS host John Dickerson brought up the possibility that “somebody is going to get indicted” over the scandal during his interview with Clinton.