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james carville on hillary email

James Carville, who helped engineer Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential victory, showed on Monday that he is still deeply loyal to the Clintons. He was battling with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell over Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email account while she was Secretary of State, saying that The New York Times used “right-wing talking points,” and that it was “all about nothing.”

ANDREA MITCHELL: Isn’t it time for Hillary Clinton to speak out? If you were advising her, should she address these issues?

JAMES CARVILLE: I wouldn’t — I don’t know exactly — it was legal. It wasn’t against regulations. Colin Powell and Jeb Bush did the same thing, but oh, my God. Do you remember Whitewater? Do you remember Filegate? Do you remember Travelgate? Do you remember Pardongate? Do you remember Benghazi?

All of this is just the same cockamamie stuff that we go through. The Times got something from right-wing talking points. They print the story. They’ve got to walk the story back. And everybody — the chin scratchers go, ‘Oh, my God. The story’s not right, but it says something larger about the Clintons.’ This is never going to end. We’ve lived with this for 20 years. We’ll live with it for the rest of the campaign. It’s all about nothing. That’s my view of the whole thing.

Mitchell noted that the Times admitted that they could have put more details in, but that the story was essentially correct.

Carville stayed true to his defense of Hillary by continuing to bring up unrelated issues, but Mitchell was having none of it. She reminded him that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has stated publicly that Hillary needs to address the email account issue, and that she isn’t the only Democrat saying this.

Besides Feinstein, other prominent liberals who are calling for Hillary to speak out on the issue include former Obama senior adviser David Axelrod, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson  and Mother Jones Washington bureau chief David Corn—and the list is growing.

Mitchell deserves credit for trying to keep Carville on point and to correct his misstatements, something that you don’t normally see on MSNBC when it’s liberal versus liberal. But even Mitchell knows that Clinton didn’t follow government guidelines regarding email use and that this is a cause for concern since Hillary has all but officially announced her candidacy for president.

Clinton did address the issue at a press conference on Tuesday, by saying that it would have been smarter to use two emails, and two devices instead of one, but using just one email was convenient. She added that she wouldn’t allow an independent third party to inspect the server in her home because it contains private email between her and her husband. She also said that the server was guarded by the Secret Service and that there was no breach.

Instead of quelling the controversy, Hillary has managed to raise even more questions and sound even more arrogant, which is not what she or her fellow Democrats had hoped for.

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