July 26, 2016

Klobuchar’s Evolution On Clinton’s Email Scandal

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) has had a twisting relationship with Hillary Clinton’s email scandal. When the scandal first broke last year, Klobuchar pushed Clinton to speak in more detail about it:

“Democrats are waiting eagerly for Hillary Rodham Clinton to break her silence over her private email account, but they might not need to wait much longer… ‘I think that you’re going to hear something from Secretary Clinton this week, I’m fairly certain it’s going to be soon,’ Ms. Klobuchar said on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe.’”

Then after the presidential campaign was fully underway, Klobuchar morphed into a Clinton defender on the email scandal. The Minnesota senator derided any discussion of the email scandal as not focusing on “real issues”:

“‘She’s made it clear she has handed over the hard drive and 30,000-some emails and has been willing to go before a public hearing at Congress as well as debates,’ Klobuchar, who has already endorsed Clinton’s 2016 bid, said Monday on ‘CBS This Morning.’ ‘I think there’s going to be plenty of time to continue to discuss that, but key for me is really getting to the debate on real issues here with the economy, where our country is.’”

Finally, after FBI Director James Comey excoriated Clinton for her “extremely careless” handling of classified material, Klobuchar offered only a “tempered reaction” to Clinton’s email scandal:

Meanwhile, top Minnesota surrogates for Clinton offered tempered reaction. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a former prosecutor and law school classmate of Comey, said the investigation was thorough and that ‘the use of the private email server should never have happened. Hillary Clinton has acknowledged that and apologized and made clear that it was a mistake.’”