In August of last year Bernie Sanders said he wouldn’t attack Hillary – and even appeared to compliment her candidacy in the first Democratic debate. He famously told Hillary that we’re “tired of hearing about your damn emails,” drawing applause from the liberal crowd.
Call it a flip-flop if you will, but Bernie is changing his position on attacking Hillary.
Cuddly Bernie who wouldn’t attack Hillary in the early Democrat debates is long gone. As Hillary’s lead against Bernie crumbles, he’s coming out in full force against the frontrunner.
As the Washington Free Beacon reports:
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) said he considered Hillary Clinton’s private email server investigation to be “a very serious issue” Sunday on CNN, while also adding there was a legal process taking place that he did not want to politicize.
At the conclusion of their interview, State of the Union host Jake Tapper reminded Sanders of his famous remarks at the first Democratic debate in October, when he told Clinton the American people were “sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails.”
On Friday, the Obama administration announced that 22 more emails from her private server would not be released because they had been classified as top secret.
“Should voters take from those comments that you think nothing was done wrong when it comes to how Secretary Clinton handled classified information, or is that not a fair–?” Tapper asked, before Sanders cut in.
“No, no,” Sanders said, wagging his finger. “No, that is not, I think, a fair assessment. I think this is a very serious issue. I think there is a legal process right now taking place … I get criticized. ‘Bernie, why don’t you attack Hillary Clinton?’ There is a legal process taking place. I do not want to politicize that issue. It is not my style.”
Meanwhile, Hillary’s email troubles are worsening.
On Sunday, George Stephanopoulos confronted Hillary over her signing a “Classified Information Nondisclosure Agreement” the day after taking over as Secretary of State. “It says classified information is marked or unmarked classified and that all of your training to treat all of that sensitively and should know the difference,” he told Clinton.
As the Daily Caller reported:
Clinton responded to Stephanopoulos but did not address the meat of his question. In fact, she appeared to reject the language of the SF-312, saying that “there has to be some markings” on classified information.
“I take classified information very seriously,” Clinton said. “You know, you can’t get information off the classified system in the State Department to put onto an unclassified system, no matter what that system is.”
“We were very specific about that and you — when you receive information, of course, there has to be some markings, some indication that someone down the chain had thought that this was classified and that was not the case.”
However, as the SF-312 makes clear, classified information does not have to be marked as such in order to require being handled as classified information. The document applies not just to physical documents and emails but also to oral communications.
Hillary’s emails and possible FBI indictment as a result could mean the end of her campaign. It’s a good thing some people weren’t tired of hearing about them and kept investigating.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]