ABC: Clinton Trying to Laugh Off Email Scandal But 'Serious Questions Remain'

August 19, 2015

ABC's Jonathan Karl said while Hillary Clinton tried to make light of the email scandal that was the focal point of a testy press conference Tuesday in Nevada, "serious questions remain" for the candidate about the server and whether she was in full compliance with government rules.

Reporting for Good Morning America on Wednesday, Karl said Clinton's recent attempts at humor, including saying she liked Snapchat because messages delete themselves and asking whether wiping a server referred to using a cloth, belied the seriousness of the situation.

The FBI is investigating whether classified information on her server was mishandled, and Clinton also faces scrutiny over the thousands of emails she has already admitted to deleting. A new CNN/ORC poll shows 56 percent of respondents feel Clinton did something wrong with her email as well.

"This morning, there is yet another indication that Hillary Clinton is having trouble in the polls, and also coming just as she grew visibly irritated when asked more questions about that private email server," Karl said.

In reference to Clinton's exasperated reaction to more inquiries about her server as she walked away from the conference, Karl said Clinton was "literally throwing up her hands."

ABC reported:

This isn’t the first time Clinton has joked about her emails: the former Secretary of State also quipped about why she liked Snapchat at the Wing Ding Dinner in Iowa.

"You may have seen that I recently launched a Snapchat account," she said. "I love it. Those messages disappear all by themselves."

Clinton turned over more than 30,000 personal messages from her email server to the State Department, which is being released in batches. And earlier this month, Clinton turned over her private email server to the Department of Justice.

The Intelligence Community's inspector general had notified senior members of Congress that two emails randomly sampled from Clinton's server contained sensitive information that was later given a "Top Secret" classification, while two others contained classified information at the time they were sent.