The scandal that would not die

Scandal is nothing new this election season. Republican Nominee Donald Trump crowds the news with a fresh controversy every week, and Democratic Nominee Hillary Clinton’s private server emails haunted her from week one. Right on time, Clinton’s email usage emerged into the limelight once more.

Over the past few weeks, Wikileaks released over 50,000 new sets of Clinton campaign emails, this time from the private server of Campaign Manager John Podesta. The validity of these documents has yet to be verified by Podesta or the Clinton campaign. John Podesta officially stated his belief that Russia looms behind the Clinton hacking scandals. He claims that the Trump campaign has been working closely with both Russia and Wikileaks in an attempt to deter Clinton’s campaign and fit a larger agenda. Wikileaks has yet to confirm or deny these allegations.

Clinton has been dogged by email scandals, but the public seems less interested this time around. (Photo by Michael Wiser)

Clinton has been dogged by email scandals throughout her campaign, but the public seems less interested this time around. (Photo by Michael Wiser)

The majority of the released emails are uninteresting, focused on the meticulous organization and planning behind the scenes of the campaign, including several hour-long dissections of Clinton tweet drafts. Included were lists of anti-Bernie Sanders soundbites, an early draft of Clinton’s potential vice presidents and an attempt to brainstorm lighthearted jokes. 

The exchange that garnered the most attention from the public was the release of Hillary Clinton’s paid speeches at Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street businesses. Clinton kept the content of the speeches secretive throughout the campaign and Bernie Sanders used them to portray Clinton as a supporter of big business during the primaries.

The email exchanged pulled several sections of Clinton’s speeches deemed too problematic or uncertain, divided into several categories from foreign trade to stance on big business. Among them, Clinton tries to balance feeling “out of touch” with middle and low class families, while gearing her policies to protects these same people. The biggest scandal of the release occurred when Clinton remarked on the necessity of maintaining a public and private stance on issues to maneuver the minefield of politics while appealing to constituents, rousing distrust among the public. Clinton defended the line in the second debate, citing it as admiration for Abraham Lincoln and his ability to get legislation passed effectively.

Overall, the speeches reveal a more relaxed and brash Hillary Clinton than the one she portrays for the public, but her views remain in line with the policies she has already described. They presented a different Hillary, but not one that outwardly contradicted her views. 

Despite the running scandals, Clinton’s latest brush with controversy reveals little incriminating evidence to hold against her.

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