Comedian Seth Meyers launched into an 8-minute rant about hillary Clinton’s emails on NBC’s “Late Night,” saying the “scandal is the story that just won’t die.”
Meyers used his “Closer Look” segment of Thursday’s episode to break down the findings of a State Department investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server to handle official State Department business.
“Hillary Clinton’s email scandal is the story that just won’t die,” Meyers said in kicking off the segment.
The report found Clinton ignored requests to use a State Department email for all work-related correspondence and claimed she violated the rules by not turning over all State Department-related emails from the personal server when she left office.
“You know, if you’re wondering why so many Democrats are attracted to Bernie Sanders, this is kind of why,” Meyers said, playing a montage of news pundits describing the “drip-drip-drip” of new information in the email controversy. “Bernie doesn’t have any drip-drip-drips, which for a 74-year-old man, is pretty remarkable.”
Meyers mocked the scandal, calling it “boring” and noting the report states other State Department officials have been reported to have used personal email accounts as well, and that the classified emails Clinton allegedly sent through her personal account did not necessarily represent an endangerment to national security — Meyers highlighted a quote from former CIA Director Michael V. Hayden, who said he received a “Merry Christmas” email labeled classified. However, Meyers did conclude Clinton probably broke the rules.
“For Hillary supporters, yesterday’s report probably won’t seem too scandalous, whereas it’s a bombshell to Hillary detractors who already see her as slightly less trustworthy than [“Game of Thrones” character] Littlefinger,” Meyers joked.
The State Department report released to lawmakers Wednesday admitted the department has “long-standing, systemic weaknesses” regarding its records that “go well beyond the tenure of any one secretary of state,” but it did accuse Clinton of using her private email inappropriately.
“Secretary Clinton should have preserved any federal records she created and received on her personal account by printing and filing those records with the related files in the office of the secretary,” the report said. “At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with department business before leaving government service, and because she did not do so, she did not comply with the department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act.”
Clinton’s campaign released a statement downplaying the severity of the accusations in the report.
“While political opponents of Hillary Clinton are sure to misrepresent this report for their own purposes, in reality, the inspector general documents just how consistent her email practices were with those of other secretaries and senior officials at the State Department who also used personal email,” the statement said. “The report shows that problems with the State Department’s electronic recordkeeping systems were long-standing and that there was no precedent of someone in her position having a State Department email account until after the arrival of her successor.”