Appearing on NBC’s Meet the Press, former DNC chairman Howard Dean defended Hillary Clinton’s handling of her email scandal, saying, in essence, that this is a manufactured scandal:
Todd: The evolving answers here, at the end of the day, can you say that Hillary Clinton has handled this well?
Dean: I actually don’t think the answers are evolving. I think they’re steady as she goes. Look, this is, in fact, manufactured partly by a press that’s bored and partly by the Republicans. Here’s the deal. She did not break any rules, she did not break any policy, she may have sent stuff that was classified that wasn’t labeled classified, and it is well known that the State Department and others are trying to get stuff classified after the fact. She can’t be blamed for this. So I look at this as the usual press frenzy, the pack journalism, and I think it’ll go away, because there’s no sense to it.
Neither the GOP nor the press had to manufacture anything. Clinton’s email scandal is of her own making, thanks to her unprecedented decision to use a private email server located at her home in New York and bypassing the official government system. That, combined with her initial refusal to turn over the server, then wiping it clean, plus the discovery of potentially classified emails on her private email system, have combined to cast doubt on her honesty and trustworthiness, all on their own. No help was needed from the GOP or the “bored” press.
Dean may not think Hillary has been evolving with her answers about the scandal, but Chuck Todd thinks otherwise as evidenced in this video.