Former Senator and Governor Bob Kerrey (D-Neb.) said Friday that voters shouldn’t believe anything Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton has to say about why she used a private email server at the State Department. Her intention, he said, was obviously to “circumvent” the law.
Kerrey, who was recently named to the Nebraska Leadership Council, made the statement during an interview on Fox Business Network.
“It’s never good to have the FBI in possession of your server, checking out what’s in it, that’s never a good set of circumstances, even if you’re not running for president. If you’re running for president, it’s not good to have it going on. And in this particular case, I do think she’s got a very difficult time explaining why you put a server in your home,” he said.
The former lawmaker explained that any logical person should have a tough time believing Clinton’s excuse for the private server.
“You could make a case that FOIA needs to change,” he said. “You could make a case that the classification system needs to be changed, that both of them interfere with your capacity to do the job. But her response was, ‘I just didn’t want to have two cell phones,’ which was, I think false on its face.”
Kerrey has his own idea of why Clinton actually set up the server— and it’s not dissimilar to the opinions of the former top diplomat’s most ardent detractors.
“It’s because you didn’t want to fulfill the requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act, especially the Freedom of Information Act,” he said.
Kerrey also noted that Clinton’s server would have gone unnoticed if not for Republican investigations into her handling of the Benghazi terror attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound.
“I’m not a big fan of the Benghazi Committee, but they’re the ones unearthed that she had done this,” he said, adding that Clinton’s decision to set up a private server was “a tragic error.”
The bottom line, Kerrey said, is that Clinton betrayed the public trust.
“The public has a right to know what communications are going on,” he said. “…And if you don’t want to abide by the law, it seems to me what you have — particularly if you’re secretary of state, you should make an effort to try to change the law, rather than trying to circumvent it, which I think’s what happened here.”