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Your politics briefing: Probe faults Clinton on emails

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts while speaking

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reacts while speaking at a rally at Hartnell College, Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in Salinas, Calif. (AP Photo/John Locher) Credit: AP

Forwarded: Clinton email scandal

For more than a year, Hillary Clinton has suffered the drip, drip, drip of revelations about her State Department email misadventures. On Wednesday, she got hit with a bucket of ice water.

A report by the State Department inspector general (full text here) concluded that her use of a private email server flouted clear guidance that it was out of line with federal standards, and that she could have exposed sensitive material to hackers.

Twice while she was secretary of state, her aides brushed aside concerns within the department. One reason she gave for her resistance was protecting her personal emails from prying eyes.

Clinton wouldn’t talk to the IG probers — and ignored reporters’ questions about it Wednesday while campaigning in California. Campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said the report showed “how consistent her email practices were” with previous secretaries of state.

All the while the email controversy has lurked in the background, Clinton has built what now looks like an insurmountable lead for winning the Democratic nomination. But polls show deep-rooted voter doubts on her trustworthiness.

Donald Trump called the report evidence of Clinton’s “horribly bad judgment.” Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager, Jeff Weaver, said the Vermont senator will keep waiting for the investigations to play out.

The biggest inquiry — by the FBI — has yet to be concluded.

The take-away: Family feuds

Party unity still eludes Clinton, who still has Bernie Sanders and his supporters to deal with, and Trump, facing endorsement holdouts from House Speaker Paul Ryan and others, writes Newsday’s Dan Janison.

But in a race this polarized, voters may not need extra encouragement to turn out against the candidate they loathe the most.

Trump Tower intrigues

Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and strategist Paul Manafort don’t get along. New office arrangements at Trump Tower will keep them physically separated, reports New York Magazine.

Campaign sources told the magazine that Manafort will move in June into a renovated space on the 14th floor. Lewandowski will likely remain in the unfinished offices on the fifth floor.

Courtship of Paul Ryan

Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan had a date to talk by phone Wednesday night, Bloomberg News reported.

Ryan says there have been “productive conversations” and his spokesman, Zack Roday, said the two were to talk more “about unifying the party.”

“We never gave any indication that the call was about an endorsement,” Roday said.

False flag

Suffolk County GOP Chairman John Jay LaValle showed up on CNN as a Trump surrogate — and got shown up when he declared, “When I go to a Hillary Clinton rally, I see people burning American flags.”

Anchorwoman Brianna Keilar challenged LaValle to name an instance in which that ever happened. Hearing none, she said, “I know of no Hillary Clinton rally where a flag has been burned. I just want to put that out there.”

LaValle later told Newsday’s David M. Schwartz that he “misspoke” on CNN and had seen images online of flag burnings outside Trump rallies by what he described as Clinton and Sanders supporters.

Dirt mining mishap

The Trump campaign is asking a Republican National Committee researcher for background on the 1990s Whitewater scandal — a tidbit Politico learned when its reporter, Marc Caputo, received an email apparently intended for Trump adviser Michael Caputo.

The scandal concerns a real estate investment for which the Clintons were investigated but not prosecuted while Bill Clinton was president.

Ex-judge weighs evils

Robert Smith, a conservative former New York Court of Appeals judge, writes on Medium that he will vote for Clinton, though he regards her as “cynical and ruthless.”

That’s because Trump, he said, “is liar on a scale that makes Hillary Clinton look like George Washington. He’s also a crass, bullying, ignorant, impulsive demagogue who stokes people’s hates and fears.”

What else is happening:

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  • World leaders are "rattled" about Trump's "ignorance of world affairs" and "cavalier attitude," Obama says...
  • Clinton said she would send a $275 billion infrastructure plan to Congress in her first 100 days as president ...
  • At least five people were detained during protests outside a Trump rally in Anaheim, California...
  • The Libertarians may matter for the first time after years of working for ballot access around the nation, Politico reports...
  • The pro-Trump Great America PAC hired Jake Menges, a top adviser to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and Rob Cole, who was an adviser to former Gov. George Pataki, The New York Times reported ...
  • Ed Rollins, co-chair of that super PAC, rebuked his favored candidate for ridiculing New Mexico’s Republican governor, Susana Martinez, at a Tuesday rally in Albuquerque. She's now Exhibit A in Trump's party alienations. Could it be her ethnicity?...
  • The big wall proposal from the all-but-GOP nominee may actually be drawing more illegal migration across the border into the U.S., per the Washington Post.
  • Bill Clinton spent 30 minutes debating a 24-year-old Sanders supporter at a Mexican restaurant in Santa Fe, New Mexico ...
  • Recalling lightly his ill-fated “robot” moment in a New Hampshire debate, Marco Rubio tweeted: “Rubio 2ndguesses on robotic moment. Rubio 2nd guesses on robotic moment. Rubio 2ndguesses on robotic moment” ...
  • So-called nutritional supplements sold by Trump were another consumer ripoff now gaining new attention, MSNBC reports.... 

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