The email scandal is rather confusing. The distinction between using private email and a private server may be lost on some. Hillary Clinton’s repeated lies have further clouded the issue. However, the Clinton Foundation scandal is easier to understand. It’s a lot more like scandals of the past. Harping on emails won’t change anyone’s mind but the appearance of corruption with the foundation can sway people.
We have known for some time that donations to the foundation by governments or other entities often coincided with State Department actions. What has become apparent is how closely they worked hand in hand. In a two-year period over half of Hillary Clinton’s non-governmental visitors were tied to groups that donated to the foundation. In that same period, her chief aide had almost 150 phone messages from a foundation executive. It’s starting to look like the State Department was functioning as the money raising arm of the foundation.
While many journalists have been openly biased in their coverage (some have admitted it and justified it because they hate Trump), I believe many will start to cover this. Talking about the foundation’s good works or saying that Republicans are making it up won’t resolve the situation. At the very least the Clinton campaign must show that conflicts of interest will not be a part of her presidency.
I still expect her to win but this could make things a lot closer, especially if Trump quits mouthing off.