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Krauthammer’s Take: Improper Clinton Foundation E-mails ‘Could Destroy Her Candidacy’

Discussing how seriously to take concerns that Hillary Clinton mixed business in the Clinton Foundation with duties as secretary of state, Charles Krauthammer speculated that her dishonesty on that could be connected to her secret server:

This, I think, can be quite ominous. There are two questions that have been outstanding forever. The first is: what exactly does the foundation do? I know what Habitat for Humanity does. I know what the Gates Foundation does. It is obvious that it was a huge networking operation: funding, supporting, giving jobs to the entire Clinton retinue, waiting for her accession, for the Clintons to return to the White House. And the second question is: why does she have a private server?

I have always speculated here, and I said it was pure speculation, that the real stuff, the reason she had to hide all this, obviously she meant to hide things, was because there is something having to do with the foundation. And that’s where you would put all the so-called private stuff. It wasn’t yoga lessons or wedding invitations. If there was anything about improper connections, and we see them here — this is just a hint of it, just a few e-mails. What was in the 30,000? If anybody gets their hands on them, Russian or not, there could come spilling out stuff that could destroy her candidacy.

She knows what’s in there. But if anything, it’s the connection between the foundation and what she did as secretary of state. Whether there was a direct quid pro quo is irrelevant. We’re talking now not about criminal activity but the political effect. And it could be devastating.

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