CNN New Day anchor Michaela Pereira said The New York Times report, which said that Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton could possibly face a criminal probe over whether she mishandled sensitive government information on a private email account she used as secretary of state, was “pretty damning, I have to imagine, politically for a presidential candidate.”
“As a headline, it’s very troubling,” said CNN’s John King. “We have no information as yet if the investigation is specifically raising questions about something she did. We do know it is raising questions about this arrangement where she had a private email server at her home in Chappaqua, New York, where she had government information going back and forth. The question is, was sensitive government information somehow mishandled? … We’ve talked daily almost recently about how one of her biggest issues in the campaign is honesty and trustworthiness, so a headline like this will not help.”
On MSNBC, Meet the Press host Chuck Todd called the investigation “incredibly significant,” a sentiment echoed by Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin.
The Times is taking some heat for the story after changing it overnight without explanation, after receiving complaints from the Clinton campaign.
Clinton responded to the story this afternoon by joking that “maybe the heat is getting to everybody,” and reiterating that she has released 55,000 pages of emails. She added that she has promised to answer questions before the House committee [the House Select Committee on Benghazi] and that “we are all accountable to the American people to get the facts right.”