Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein called out Hillary Clinton on Wednesday for continually blaming a “vast right-wing conspiracy” for her campaign woes.
“I think she has to acknowledge she’s made some terrible misjudgments and errors, particularly on the server,” Bernstein said during an interview on CNN.
“The vast right-wing conspiracy didn’t put the server in her damn closet. She’s going to have to get by this thing, and she’s going to have to acknowledge a terrible misjudgment it seems to be here.”
Bernstein, who gained fame after breaking the Watergate story with fellow Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward, said that Clinton’s massive loss to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary was a testament to the low levels of trust voters have in her.
Though Obama’s Justice Department is investigating Clinton’s use of a private email server and her handling of classified information as secretary of state, the Democratic front-runner has sought to politicize the issue by claiming that the GOP is single-handedly trying to take her down.
Contrary to Bernstein’s remarks, Clinton reportedly kept her private email server in the basement of her Chappaqua, N.Y. home while she was in office, not in a closet. She turned it over to a third-party IT company after she left the State Department in 2013. The FBI took control of it in August after the Intelligence Community’s inspector general determined that several emails that had traversed the device contained information classified as “top secret.”