Dashed are the hopes that the campaign could come to a conclusion on a high note, instilling in Americans a feeling that casting a history-making vote for Clinton is something more than merely a repudiation of Donald Trump.
Instead, Clinton is finding herself once again burdened by the twin scandals that have hung over her campaign since before she had a campaign — and devastating her image as an honest and trustworthy leader, even as she tried to make the case that she is the most experienced modern-day candidate for president, and the only option in the race who is responsible enough to handle the nuclear codes…
Clinton has painted Trump as an erratic bully whose attacks are generally grounded more in projection than fact. But the revelation seemed to give credence to at least one of Trump’s charges on Clinton’s staff. “I only worry for the country in that Hillary Clinton was careless and negligent in allowing Weiner to have such close proximity to highly classified information,” Trump said last August, after Abedin dumped Weiner.
The Comey announcement is expected to allow Trump to revisit questions of Clinton’s judgment, which have also emerged in the hacked personal emails of campaign chairman John Podesta. In those emails, posted on WikiLeaks, top aides gripe about Clinton’s “terrible” political instincts and express shock that her State Department advisers indulged in her penchant for secrecy by allowing her to set up the problematic private email server in the first place.