Seeds: In 2014 , a huge controversy broke out when the public found out that Hillary Clinton had used a private email system to discuss highly confidential matters during her time as the Secretary of State instead of using the official, secure accounts mandated by the government. When publicly asked about her actions, she claimed that “there was no law… there was no regulation” against this act, and many Democrats defended her by arguing she was being very transparent in comparison to her predecessors as she turned over most of her emails to the state department when asked. However, the release of the emails occurred after she stepped down from her position as the Secretary of State and it was proven that her emails held highly classified information in them.
Core: Today, in what may be the conclusion of the government’s investigation into Clinton’s emails, FBI Director James Comey put forth no charges against Clinton for her failure to use a government mandated email server. However, despite the lack of charges, Comey did state that Clinton’s actions were “extremely careless.”
Skin: This controversy has largely affected her campaigning, as she is constantly questioned about the matter and it has led many to distrust her. In fact, several videos are circulating about her insincerity on Twitter. Furthermore, some people take this scandal as proof of Clinton’s lack of character and untrustworthiness, thus making her unfit for the presidency. Others suggest that the events were blown out of proportion and are being used to unjustly undermine her success in the presidential campaign.
Leaves: Some have been extra skeptical of this determination, especially since it’s during election season, making some wonder if they are simply “letting her off the hook.” However, it appears that she has not been charged due to a loophole in the law. The law acknowledges that she violated the Federal Records Act because she did not surrender all of her emails before she left office. However, her actions violated a “civil law, not a criminal law,’ therefore, any penalty only applies to “current federal employees.”
Food for Thought: What do you think about the infamous email scandal? D you think that she did something seriously wrong? DO you think she should have a consequence? Do you think this will affect her chances at being elected?