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CNN Analyst Says He Regrets Talking About Clinton Emails, Blames It For Her 2016 Election Loss

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CNN’s chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said Monday that he regrets covering the Hillary Clinton email scandal as much as he did, adding that she “very likely lost the election because of” how much the media covered it.

The Justice Department concluded an investigation Friday into the former Secretary of State’s decision to use a private email server for official business and found that there was no “systematic” mishandling of classified information. The scandal was a major talking point during Clinton’s 2016 presidential run, and Toobin said he “should have been talking about other issues” instead of the emails.

Although the investigation did not find that Clinton’s deliberately mishandled classified information, it discovered almost 600 security incidents that violated agency policy.

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“This is also a story about the news media, about how much time we spent on that, and that’s something that I have felt a great deal of personal responsibility for,” Toobin said on CNN’s “New Day” Monday. “I talked about the e-mails here at CNN, I wrote about it in The New Yorker, and I think I paid too much attention to them and I regret that.”

“I hope a lesson is learned,” Toobin continued. “I mean, this story turns out to be – you paraphrased, I’m paraphrasing too – a big nothing, and we spent months on it. Hillary Clinton very likely lost the election because of it, and I think I should have been talking about other issues, not about the e-mails.”

The State Department began its inquiry over three years ago and reviewed thousands of document pages from 2009 to 2013, the New York Times reported. The emails on Clinton’s private server weren’t classified at the time but were later marked as such.

“There was no persuasive evidence of systemic, deliberate mishandling of classified information,” the report found.

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The investigation found that 38 individuals were responsible for 91 of the violations. The former Secretary of State exchanged over 60,000 emails on her private email account kept at her New York home.

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2 comments

  1. So Tobin’s answer and explanation for the loss is the failure to censor questions about her careless (at best) or treasonous (at worst) behavior? Strange…would never have thought a legal analyst would see “hiding” or “non-reporting” of factual evidence as a viable and/or defensable action by any honest person or organization. But I guess the “Left” has changed some definitions and eliminated some words in the dictionary…like “truth,” “honesty,” “civility,” “Free Speech for all,” “libel,” and “slander.” As much as I abhor the carnage, the best thing that could happen to this country (and the world) is for a series of EMP devices to be set off, destroying all our electronics and putting each of us back on a subsistance basis needing to hunt and grow for ourselves (and defend our food supply) and leave all those without that ability to learn quickly or perish. A “back to the basics” syle of life. My father insisted that I learn how to live off the land because the time might come when society disappeared…and civility with it. Seems to be happening.

  2. Self important Toobin. Who believes CNN anyway? Hillary lost on her own and if she calls that “beat Trump before and I can do it again” I reckon she should “beat” him again in exactly the same way, yup.

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