Carney: Email Scandal Is a Persistent Challenge for Hillary Clinton

March 4, 2016

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Friday that the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server will be a problem for her in both the primary and general election.

"This is a challenge for her. I think it's much more of a challenge for her in the general election when she's the nominee," Carney said. "But you know, that's an issue for her that she's going to have to contest."

Carney tried to pin the investigation on a vast right-wing conspiracy and pointed to the Clinton’s experience being in the public eye.

"The Clintons have been on the national political stage for a long time and they’ve been the subject of a barrage of criticism, and investigation, and accusations," Carney said.

Host Chris Cuomo rejected Carney’s claim and said that the investigation was legitimate.

"This is the FBI, though, not Trey Gowdy, Jay," Cuomo said.

Clinton has perpetually faced low trustworthiness numbers as a result of the FBI investigation into her server, as well as monthly email releases which show her to be technologically illiterate and surrounded by sycophantic staffers. Voters also view Clinton predominantly as a liar, dishonest, and untrustworthy.

In addition to the FBI, the State Department Inspector General, Intelligence Community Inspector General, the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security, and the House Select Committee on Benghazi are also investigating Clinton’s use of a private server.

Clinton has argued that none of the emails were marked classified at the time they were sent, though the State Department has found 22 emails containing Top Secret information on Clinton’s account.