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Political pundit and The Hill columnist Dick Morris on Sunday said President Obama prefers Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenRegulators investigating financing of Trump's new media company Warren calls on big banks to follow Capital One in ditching overdraft fees Crypto firm top executives to testify before Congress MORE (D-Mass.) as his successor, rather than his former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonRepublican Ohio Senate candidate slams JD Vance over previous Trump comments Budowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion MORE.
“I think Obama wants Warren, not Hillary,” Morris said on John Catsimatidis’ “Cats Roundtable” on New York’s AM 970. “I think the pressure for Warren to get in will mount, particularly if Hillary’s poll numbers continue to drop.”
Morris, a former pollster for President Clinton, added ongoing controversy over Hillary’s email use at State could undermine her potential 2016 appeal. The former first lady is widely expected to announce a Democratic White House run soon.
“I think as the calendar approaches, and the filing period for putting up or shutting up in running for president comes near, I think there will be enormous pressure on Elizabeth Warren to come into the race,” Morris added.
At issue is Clinton’s use of a private email server while at State. Critics charge there is no public accountability of any government emails she may have saved during her tenure at the agency.
“When we talk about, ‘Will Hillary survive the email scandal?’ – it’s just like asking in 1973 and ’74, ‘Will Nixon survive the Watergate tapes?’ ” Morris argued.
“I think the reason the email scandal got released to the newspapers by the administration was because they wanted to torpedo Hillary,” he added.
Rep. Trey GowdyTrey GowdyTrey Gowdy sets goal of avoiding ideological echo chamber with Fox News show Fox News signs Trey Gowdy, Dan Bongino for new shows Pompeo rebukes Biden's new foreign policy MORE (R-S.C.), chairman of the House Benghazi committee, has since urged Clinton to turn her device over to a neutral third party. Morris said Sunday any delays would only risk “shipwrecking not just her candidacy, but the entire [Democratic] Party.”
He also charged that Democrats will not want Clinton as their 2016 nominee if the scandal drags on. They are especially likely to abandon her, he added, if she eventually faces criminal charges.
The Justice Department on Friday blocked a motion to subpoena Clinton’s server under the Freedom of Information Act. The agency charged that request is inappropriate as the former first lady has already released 55,000 emails from her stint as Secretary.
Gowdy’s committee is concerned with another 30,000 “personal” emails Clinton deleted off her device. At stake is whether the messages would shed new light on the 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya.