Chuck Todd stated that there are Democrats so nervous about the Hillary email scandal that “Clinton operatives have flow from Brooklyn to Washington to try to sort of do some hand holding here, to try to calm things down.”
NBC political director Chuck Todd, appearing on “The Rundown With José Díaz-Balart,” Friday stated that the legalese that Hillary’s campaign is “not doing anything to help them on the political front.”
José Díaz-Balart: Well, that video is the latest attempt by Hillary Clinton’s campaign to squash the ongoing coverage surrounding her emails, but the headlines this morning aren’t good for her. A federal judge is now calling her use of a private server a “violation of government guidelines.” Meanwhile, several Democrats tell NBC News they’re getting, well jittery. It’s circling back to Vice President Joe Biden. A new poll showing a majority of Democrats want him to run, but the window to get in the race is closing quickly. With me now is NBC’s Political Director and moderator of “Meet the Press,” Chuck Todd. Chuck, good to see you buddy.
Chuck Todd: How are you doing, José?
Díaz-Balart: Doing great. So listen, if you’re Clinton’s strategist, what are you thinking, and how do you go forward?
Todd: Well look, you’re thinking the way Brian Fallen is thinking, which is they’re trying to make this into a partisan attack. They’re trying to reassure Democrats behind the scenes a whole bunch of to Clinton operatives have flow from Brooklyn to Washington, D.C. to try to sort of do some hand holding here, to try to calm things down, saying, “No, no, no, this is nothing but politics. They’ll get through this.” But I tell you, last week, you had Democrats privately complaining. This week, they’re going public. You had a senior senator from Florida, Bill Nelson telling The Associated Press he believes the campaign hasn’t handled this well. A longtime member of Congress, John Yarmuth from Kentucky … went even further. He’s so concerned about the email story, he thinks that … it could upend the campaign and that he himself was confused about the facts. And now I’ve talked to the Clinton campaign, and they acknowledged this is getting confusing for folks. And look, I think part of the problem here, José, I think they’re spending more time trying to legally spin things, talking about knowingly and unknowingly, what was marked classified, what wasn’t, at this time, phrases like that which all are important to avoid a criminal investigation. But it’s not doing anything to help them on the political front.