Republican presidential candidate and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal harshly criticized Democratic presidential frontrunner and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in an interview with ABC on Aug. 30.
Appearing on “This Week” with guest host Martha Raddatz, Jindal continued to bring up the scandal involving Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail server to conduct classified government business operations. The scandal, which has been ongoing since March, has been a focal point for critics in both parties to use as leverage against her second presidential campaign.
“She seems to think the same rules don’t apply to her that apply to the others … The real issue here is, she’s not above the law,” Jindal said, according to Real Clear Politics. “The real issue is that, if any private in the military, if any other governmental official, had handled classified information the way she is said to have handled classified information, there would have been a court martial … maybe even criminal prosecution … there would have certainly been consequences.
"She shouldn’t be above the law. There shouldn’t be a different set of rules for our elected leaders than for the rest of us.”
Jindal added that Clinton was "literally one e-mail away from going to jail."
"What I fear is that maybe we’ll have to go to the Chinese or Russians to actually see her e-mails,” Jindal said, referring to the cyber security breaches from both nations on U.S. intelligence files.
Just weeks ago, Jindal echoed similar talking points during a campaign rally in Muscatine, Iowa.
“Hillary Clinton is already under investigation by the FBI. Now she’s signed a sworn affidavit to a federal judge, under penalty of perjury, that she has handed over all of her government business emails,” Jindal said at the rally.
“Which means she’s one email away from prison time. She’d better pray the Chinese government doesn’t do a document dump,” Jindal quipped.
Clinton’s e-mail scandal has caused her once-significant poll numbers to drop throughout the nation. In a recent Iowa poll released on Aug. 31, Clinton received 37 percent of the vote, while Democratic presidential contender and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders received 30 percent.
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