The Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, has defended former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.
Schultz stated that other Secretaries of State had also used private email, but not to the same extent as Clinton had.
On April 24, Schultz told Fox News' Chris Wallace that predictions of Clinton being indicted for her use of a private email server during her tenure in the State Department were "ludicrous."
Wallace pressed the DNC Chair about how she could be so sure that the FBI and Attorney General Loretta Lynch would not find criminal activity in the email controversy.
“I’m simply confident that — as the investigation continues, that Hillary Clinton has made it clear, and there are scores of individuals who are associated with the federal government that have indicated that — it’s clear that she conducted herself completely legally,” Schultz said.
The DNC Chair concluded, “I think that at the end of the day, this is going to amount to nothing more than an investigation. When they take a close look, I think she’s going to be fine.”
Wallace countered that the FBI is still investigating Clinton’s trove of private emails she had sent while serving as Secretary of State, suggesting that where there is smoke, there is likely fire.
“Are you saying it’s all a waste of time?” Wallace asked.
Schultz declined to comment, to which Wallace countered that she had already offered her opinion by deeming the investigation “ludicrous.”
“It’s ludicrous to keep raising the question of whether this plays out to an unfortunate end,” Schultz clarified.
Wallace proceeded to challenge Schultz on her assertion that Clinton had conducted her duties the same way as previous Secretaries of State. The DNC Chair admitted that the private server was unique to Clinton.
“Well… the private server is a big deal, and nobody had 30,000 work emails on their private server of their private email, period,” Wallace said, stating that Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and John Kerry had not used their private servers so extensively.
Schultz concluded that Clinton’s use of private email was legal saying, “At the end of the day, this is a distraction.”
The DNC Chair had declined to discuss the Clinton email controversy during an April 17 appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Breitbart reports.
When asked whether or not any of Clinton’s aides would be indicted for the emails, and whether or not they should then be fired from the former Secretary of State’s campaign, Schultz responded, “I don’t think that that’s going to happen, so it’s not a question that is one I think makes sense to answer.”
On April 10, President Barack Obama told Fox News that he was confident Clinton had not compromised national security secrets but did admit that her use of a private server was an error in judgment.
“There’s carelessness in terms of managing emails, that she has owned, and she recognizes,” Obama told Wallace.