Poll: Clinton Broke Law With Email Server

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A majority of Americans believe Hillary Clinton broke the law when she used a private email server to access emails during her time as U.S. secretary of state, according to a poll released on Sept. 5.

The Rasmussen survey, conducted between Aug. 31 and Sept. 3 among likely voters, also revealed a majority in favor of the FBI making its files on the Clinton investigation public, Newsweek reports.

Sixty-four percent of respondents said they thought Clinton had committed a crime, with 44 percent of this group adding they thought it was "very likely." Meanwhile, 30 percent of participants stated that they felt it was unlikely the former Democratic presidential hopeful broke the law.

Of those polled, 54 percent said the FBI should release its files on the investigation, while 32 percent said the bureau should not. Fourteen percent remained unsure.

There was a partisan divide, as 77 percent of Republicans said they backed the FBI releasing the files compared to 34 percent of Democrats.

Clinton and her supporters have previously suggested that the email server controversy cost her the presidency.

In October 2016, former FBI Director James Comey issued a letter to Congress declaring that the closed investigation into Clinton's server had been reopened. Just days before the Nov. 8 vote, Comey confirmed the investigation was completed.

"I was on the way to winning until the combination of Jim Comey's letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off, and the evidence for that intervening event is, I think, compelling [and] persuasive," Clinton said in May.

But Clinton has also pinned the blame for her defeat on other factors. In a book titled "What Happened," due for release on Sept. 12, Clinton blames her challenger in the Democratic primaries, Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, for doing "lasting damage" to her campaign.

"When I finally challenged Bernie during a debate to name a single time I changed a position or a vote because of a financial contribution, he couldn't come up with anything," Clinton writes in her book, according to CNN.

"Nonetheless, his attacks caused lasting damage, making it harder to unify progressives in the general election and paving the way for Trump's 'Crooked Hillary' campaign," she added.

She also noted that Sanders "isn't a Democrat" and wasn't focused on getting a Democrat elected.

"President [Barack] Obama urged me to grit my teeth and lay off Bernie as much as I could," Clinton added. "I felt like I was in a straitjacket."

Sources: Newsweek, CNN / Featured Image: Lorie Shaull/Flickr / Embedded Images: Marc Nozell/Flickr, Cloud2013/Flickr

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