Stein: Clinton 'Too Big to Jail' in Spite of 'Abuse of the Rules'

August 17, 2016

Green Party presidential nominee Dr. Jill Stein called Hillary Clinton "too big to jail" in spite of her "abuse of the rules" during her CNN town hall on Wednesday night.

Stein has been a sharp critic of Clinton's email practices as secretary of state, calling for further investigation into her "reckless" behavior and potentially criminal mishandling of classified material.

Mentioning how Clinton would soon receive classified intelligence briefings due to being a major presidential candidate, host Chris Cuomo asked Stein whether she agreed with some calls that she should be denied access.

"Part of the problem with Hillary's abuse of the rules, she was sort of too big to jail on the rules, and she violated those rules with a sense of impunity," Stein said. "And she violated them for a purpose, which she stated herself, that she wanted her private information private. Now, it turns out half of her emails she deleted as private.

"If someone is working for you, and half of their emails on the job are for their private, personal foundation, it really raises questions, so I do have serious questions about Hillary's judgment, her safeguarding of national security information, and above all, her trustworthiness in the job where she will have her finger on the button, given how she handled major decisions both around the war in Iraq, but then especially around the war in Libya, where she led the charge."

Stein has positioned herself as a choice for disillusioned supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and others on the far left who are unsatisfied with Clinton.

"I have serious concerns about Hillary," she said. "That's why I'm in this race, to provide an alternative. To people who don't like Donald Trump, you have more alternatives out there than just Hillary Clinton."