Howard Dean criticized the outrage over Hillary Clinton’s email servers, saying, “if the argument is that Hillary Clinton committed treason, then let’s have that discussion,” and that “this is innuendo. This is nonsense. There was no dishonesty.”
The former governor of Vermont, appearing Friday on “MSNBC Live” with Craig Melvin, also defended Clinton and said, “She did not send any emails marked classified. This is a classic press feeding frenzy fed I might add by the right wing. And I think it is disappointing.”
Craig Melvin: Governor, always good to see you. thanks for your time. I want to show everyone these numbers from the latest Quinnipiac poll. Three swing states here. This is the question of whether Clinton is honest and trustworthy. You see the numbers right there. Barely a third of voters in Florida, Iowa, and Pennsylvania agree. Why don’t two-thirds of American voters trust Hillary Clinton?
Howard Dean: Well, I think part of it is the media feeding frenzy. This is pact journalism at its worse. I had to experience this when I was running for president. This is what the media does. They go after the front-runner. There’s really no substance to this story at all. In fact the most prominent paper in the United States…
Melvin: Governor, Governor, yesterday a federal judge said, and a federal judge we should note that was appointed by her husband said that she broke the rules, that she violated policy.
Dean: It’s not clear that that’s true, actually. The federal, all due respect to the federal judge, the federal judge doesn’t have any better idea of what’s going on here than anybody else. And violating policy is not violating the law. Look, if the argument is that Hillary Clinton committed treason, then let’s have that discussion. This is innuendo. This is nonsense. There was no dishonesty. She did not send any emails marked classified. This is a classic press feeding frenzy fed I might add by the right wing. And I think it is disappointing. As I said before, “The New York Times” ran two stories about this. One about the Clinton Foundation involved with some kind of Russian Uranium mine, that was totally untrue, and then this story saying she was under criminal investigation. I think the press has to do a better job of pushing back against a coordinated right wing attack and that’s what this is.