Todd Presses Clinton on Poor Record of Transparency, FBI Investigation Into Emails

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON — NBC’s Chuck Todd pressed Hillary Clinton on Sunday on her poor record of transparency and the FBI investigation into her private server at the State Department.

Todd read out an excerpt of an editorial from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which excoriated Clinton for her “horrible track record on transparency” and encouraged voters not to forget that when they voted in the Democratic primary on Tuesday:

Her horrible track record on transparency raises serious concerns for open government under a Clinton administration — so serious we believe they may disqualify her from public office. We hope Wisconsin voters give this issue the consideration it deserves when they go to the polls on Tuesday.

The issue immediately at hand — and under investigation by the FBI — is Clinton’s use of a private email server for State Department communications. Clinton may have violated national security laws by making top secret documents vulnerable to hackers and available to people without proper security clearance. Violating those laws rightly ended the public service career of Gen. David Petraeus when he was President Barack Obama’s CIA director. The FBI and Justice Department must be free to fully investigate and, if warranted, prosecute Clinton in this matter without any political interference from the Obama administration.

In addition, regardless of Clinton’s excuses, the only believable reason for the private server in her basement was to keep her emails out of the public eye by willfully avoiding freedom of information laws. No president, no secretary of state, no public official at any level is above the law. She chose to ignore it, and must face the consequences.

“This issue of secrecy or the accusation that you’re secretive has followed you for quite some time,” Todd said. “Is there any way you think you can at least convince Wisconsin voters that’s not the case?”

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