The Huffington Post is reporting that Bernie Sanders will win the Democratic nomination over Hillary Clinton, after it emerged that the investigation into the Clinton email scandal may actually be gaining momentum, rather than dying down.
"Bernie Sanders will win the Democratic nomination because if Clinton was ever going to win, it would have been in 2008, not during an investigation of her emails by the FBI."Politico is reporting that the FBI has taken possession of Clinton senior staffer Bryan Magliano's government-issued computer. It is thought that this will be the FBI's most likely shot at locating the messages that Clinton sent throughout her time as Secretary of State.
The discovery that Hillary Clinton used a private email account throughout her whole time as Secretary of State shook the foundations of American trust in the former First Lady.
Clinton never once used an official state.gov email address during the entire four years that she was Secretary of State. Incredibly, this fact only came to light after Clinton left her post. A request was made for certain documents as part of a congressional investigation, and it was at that point that researchers realized they couldn't find a single email to or from a Clinton state.gov official email address.
Clinton eventually turned over 30,490 messages to the agency, but admitted she destroyed a number that she felt were "private."
Hillary Clinton must have known that there was an expectation that she would send and keep emails from her official account for archival purposes. According to Slate, record-keeping practices are made clear to all officials.
"The federal government routinely archives official records so it can provide an accurate and comprehensive account of administrative decision-making—for the government, for the courts, and for the American public. The government can't keep records it doesn't have. It's inconceivable that Hillary did not know this."Bryan Pagliano was the IT staffer who maintained Clinton's email server throughout the questionable time. He has asserted his Fifth Amendment right and refused to answer questions on the matter.
Huffington Post now reports that the FBI has seized whatever material they could, and an investigation is ongoing. This all comes at a time when Clinton rival Bernie Sander is gaining supporters and even garnering some of the press attention that has thus far eluded his campaign.
Clinton was expected to win the 2008 nomination, and probably the presidency, but was unexpectedly bested by Barack Obama, who came out of nowhere and rode a groundswell of grassroots support all the way to the White House. The president's campaign slogans "Yes we can," and "Change we can believe in" resonated with a voter block hungry for progressive change after a long Bush presidency, and Obama's confident rhetoric and savvy handling of the media meant that he outdid Hillary in the year that some are now saying was her only real shot at the White House.
"Hillary Clinton has acted more like a Republican, than a progressive...Clinton's 2008 campaign against Obama was a more nuanced version of Trump's insane rhetoric against Muslims and Mexican immigrants."Bernie Sanders could very well win the Democratic candidacy, but will he be president? A December 22 poll states that the Vermont senator has a better chance of beating Trump than Clinton does. Bernie Sanders defeats Trump by 13 points in the new "what-if?" scenario. Clinton also beats Trump, but by a less-convincing seven points.
"There are numerous reasons Bernie Sanders will achieve this dominant victory. First, Bernie Sanders warns against the influence of money and power in politics, and 'welcomes the hatred' of the billionaire class that Trump personifies. Sanders won the Congressional Award from the Veterans of Foreign Wars, while Trump insulted Vietnam Veteran and former POW John McCain...Sanders is the antithesis of Trump and gives voters a stark contrast in choice; not so with Hillary.Politico notes that, far from rejecting establishment favors and questionable donations, Clinton has, in the past, received donations from none other than Trump himself.
"[Hillary Clinton] received donations from both him and son Donald Trump Jr. on separate occasions in 2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007, according to state and federal disclosure records. You'll never get a Clinton supporter to address these donations, or why Trump once felt it would be advantageous to become one of Clinton's donors."Did Hillary Clinton's chance pass in 2008? Will Bernie Sanders be president?
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