'Minor Scandal': Washington Post Declares Hillary Email Story 'Out of Control'
— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 9, 2016
In a new editorial, the Washington Post called Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server a "minor" scandal and argued that media attention on the story is "out of control."
The column called out NBC's Matt Lauer for repeatedly pressing Clinton about her emails.
"[O]ne would think that her homebrew server was one of the most important issues facing the country this election. It is not."
The Post highlighted that on Wednesday, FBI Director James Comey wrote in a memo to his staff that the decision not to charge Clinton was "not a cliffhanger" and that his critics are "full of baloney."
The paper concluded:
Ms. Clinton is hardly blameless. She treated the public’s interest in sound record-keeping cavalierly. A small amount of classified material also moved across her private server. But it was not obviously marked as such, and there is still no evidence that national security was harmed. Ms. Clinton has also admitted that using the personal server was a mistake. The story has vastly exceeded the boundaries of the facts.
Imagine how history would judge today’s Americans if, looking back at this election, the record showed that voters empowered a dangerous man because of . . . a minor email scandal. There is no equivalence between Ms. Clinton’s wrongs and Mr. Trump’s manifest unfitness for office.
Meantime, the New York Times reported today on a new development in the scandal: the IT specialist who deleted emails from Clinton's private server was granted immunity by the Justice Department.
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, reacted this morning on America's Newsroom, arguing that the employee "destroyed official public records" despite a subpoena and preservation order from lawmakers for the documents.
"It looks like they gave immunity to the very person you would most want to prosecute," he said.
What do you think of the Washington Post's opinion?