Finley: Sanders should attack Clinton emails

Nolan Finley
The Detroit News

If Bernie Sanders really wants to win the Democratic presidential nomination, he should get more interested in Hillary Clinton’s emails.

The Vermont senator said in the first debate that he couldn’t care less about Clinton’s “damn emails,” playing into the Clinton camp’s insistence that her use of a private email server while secretary of state, and the risk it posed to national security, are no big deal.

But they keep becoming a bigger deal with each email dump by the State Department.

The latest batch reveals Clinton received highly classified information via the private account, and actually instructed staffers to cloud the heading of at least one top-secret communique.

Intelligence Community Inspector General I. Charles McCullough III told lawmakers this week emails sent to the account contained the most highly secretive and sensitive information.

Using the unsecured server was irresponsible and self-serving, and very likely illegal — an FBI investigation will determine that.

Even if Sanders believes the emails reveal nothing startling, he could legitimately raise the issue of Clinton’s veracity. She has been caught in several lies regarding the private account, and has fallen back on parsing words, in old-style Clinton fashion.

The honesty of a presidential candidate is a legitimate campaign issue, and a perfectly appropriate one for Sanders to raise. If he really wants to win the nomination.