One of the reporters who played a central role in breaking Watergate says that Donald Trump is incorrect in comparing the scandal to the saga of Hillary Clinton‘s private server.
Carl Bernstein was on CNN Friday night, and he talked about FBI Director James Comey‘s letter stating that new emails with relevance to Clinton were found on a device belonging to Huma Abedin. While Trump seized on the news and compared Clinton’s conduct to the scandal that took down Richard Nixon, Bernstein said there’s “no way” that characterization is right:
“Watergate was about a criminal President of the United States who presided over a criminal administration from the day he took office to the day he left,” Bernstein said. He went on to say that its unwise to jump to conclusions without more details, even though it’s “hugely serious” development that shows how Clinton was “clearly reckless.”
This view was also backed up today by Nick Akerman, who served as assistant special prosecutor during the Watergate controversy. In an exchange with a reporter, Ackerman said that Comey “acted totally inappropriately” by sending Congress such a vague letter so close to Election Day.
“There is no evidence of any violation of law,” Ackerman said. “For Trump to reach that conclusion based on a total lack of evidence is reminiscent of the innuendo spread by Joseph McCarthy in the early 1950s.”
There you have it. At worst Hillary was careless with the email situation, but it isn't criminal activity.
BTW how many emails were deleted during the Dumbya administration? And the Palin administration?