As the 2016 presidential election approaches, the campaigns are well under way and scandals are on the rise. Hillary Clinton, having one of the most dominant campaigns in the race right now, is no exception.
Clinton’s political background ranges from serving as Senator of New York, to serving as Secretary of State under President Barack Obama. Having such a diverse political career, her choice to run for President of the United States in 2016 was expected among the public and political analysts. In her announcement video, Clinton stated, “Everyday Americans need a champion and I want to be that champion.” She believes with her experience and dedication to the American people, she would make an excellent leader for the United States of America.
Clinton’s campaign focuses strongly on immigration reformation in the U.S. On her website, she states, “The American people support comprehensive immigration reform not just because it’s the right thing to do—and it is—but because it will strengthen families, strengthen our economy, and strengthen our country. That’s why we can’t wait any longer, we can’t wait any longer for a path to full and equal citizenship.”
In addition to her strong opinion on recent immigration issues, Clinton has been on the public radar for her recent email scandal. During her time as Secretary of State, Clinton used a personal email address and a private server for both personal and governmental correspondence, as opposed to using a personal and a government email. This has caused a great controversy, due to stringent regulations on the preservation of official government emails, as imposed by the State Department, according to The Washington Post. Furthermore, in 2005, the State Department updated a manual on Foreign Affairs stating that “sensitive but classified” correspondence should not be transmitted through a personal email account.
Despite this regulation being in place, Clinton used her personal email to cover topics ranging from her love of the television show “Parks and Recreation” to the 2012 Benghazi attack in Libya. When turning in emails to the State Department in 2014, Clinton left out all or part of multiple emails related to the incident in Libya, according to The New York Times.
On Tuesday, Sept. 8, in an interview with ABC journalist David Muir, Clinton formally apologized stating, “That was a mistake. I’m sorry about that. I take responsibility. And I’m trying to be as transparent as I possibly can.” She continued to express that she had hope to gain the trust of the American people by the end of her campaign.
Tied in with the use of her personal email lies another controversy: deleted emails. Clinton and her advisors have stated for months that she deleted approximately 31,000 of the correspondences during her tenure as Secretary of State, according to The Washington Post. However, it has been recently revealed that the company that has managed Clinton’s private server since 2013, Platte River Networks, had “no knowledge of the server being wiped,” as stated by the company to The Washington Post.
Furthermore, in August of 2015, a federal judge ordered that the federal government should try to recover any deleted files, according to The Wall Street Journal. United States District Judge Emmett Sullivan stated that both the State Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigations had a month to give more information on their progress recovering the emails. However, on Friday, Sept. 11, the Justice Department stated that Clinton had the authority to delete some of her emails because they were personal and not government records, according to The New York Times.
This controversy seems to be having an effect on Clinton’s polling in the early primary states. In a recently released poll on the Iowa Caucus by CBS, the former of Secretary of State is currently trailing Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) by 10 percentage points. While other polling results show Clinton having a slight lead, her polling numbers are still at a dramatic decrease from early summer 2015, when Clinton lead the pack by at least 19 percentage points.
Editor’s Note: Information from RealClearPolitics, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The L.A. Times and Politico was used in this report.