Hillary's Defense in 2 Words: 'Trust Me'

Dan Balz: But whether the public will do so remains unclear
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2015 6:53 PM CDT
Hillary's Defense in 2 Words: 'Trust Me'
Hillary Clinton answers questions at a news conference at the United Nations yesterday.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Some quick reaction to Hillary Clinton's news conference today about her emails:

  • Trust: Her whole defense can be summed up in two words, writes Dan Balz at the Washington Post: "Trust me." She didn't apologize or explicitly admit a mistake, and now allies and enemies are further dug into their positions. "In the middle are those Americans still months and months away from knowing what they will do in November 2016," Balz writes. "Clinton asks for their trust, but she will have to earn it over the course of the long campaign ahead."

  • Not buying it: "Believe it or not, America, today's newfangled gizmos are capable of accessing multiple e-mail accounts from the same device," writes Allahpundit at Hot Air. "You don't need separate iPhones for your Gmail and work mail." But let's take Clinton at her word that this was all about "convenience." Should that really trump national security? "What kind of politician would admit that?" Allahpundit adds.
  • Big questions: When the press conference was over, two key issues remained in play, writes Josh Voorhees at Slate: "How can the public be confident that Clinton's team did indeed turn over each and every work-related email to the State Department, as she claims? And why didn’t she turn over her emails to be archived until after the State Department specifically asked for them two years after she left office?"
  • Potential controversy: "In an act of defiance certain to stoke a new round of questioning, Clinton said she had no intention of turning over any of the approximately 30,000 emails she deemed 'personal,'" observes Politico. She flatly rejected the idea: "The server contains personal communications from my husband and me," said Clinton. "And the server will remain private."
  • End game? "How will this affair play out?" asks Dick Morris at the Hill. "The State Department will turn over the selected emails to Rep. Trey Gowdy’s Benghazi committee. He will find that many of those emails that had been deleted were relevant and should have been produced. A push-pull will ensue, and eventually we will see all the emails—and Clinton will take an enormous hit. And, if (Elizabeth) Warren isn't on the ballot, so will the entire Democratic Party."
  • Nah: In 2016, "factors [such as] the unemployment rate, President Obama's approval rating, and ideology (most Americans lean either toward the GOP or the Democrats and vote accordingly in a presidential race) will affect Clinton much more than the e-mail dispute," writes Perry Bacon Jr. at NBC News.
(More Hillary Clinton stories.)

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