Poll: Majority believes Clinton broke the law

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The vast majority of Americans believe Hillary Clinton either broke the law or exercised bad judgment by using a private email server that triggered an FBI investigation, according to a new poll.

A full 92 percent of Americans in an Associated Press-GfK poll said that Clinton’s email setup either broke the law or was in “poor judgment.”

A majority said her actions were criminal. 

{mosads}More than a third — 39 percent — claimed that the former secretary of State broke the law intentionally. Another 17 percent claimed that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee broke the law unintentionally.

Just 6 percent of respondents gave her a pass on the issue, claiming she did nothing wrong.

The poll results highlight the lingering unease about Clinton’s email server, even after the Justice Department cleared her of legal wrongdoing earlier this month. A separate ABC News/ Washington Post poll from earlier this week found that 56 percent of Americans disapproved of the FBI’s call.

The AP-GfK poll surveyed 1,009 adults from July 7 to 11 and has a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.  

According to FBI Director James Comey, Clinton and her senior aides were “extremely careless” but did not intend to violate legal protections for classified information, making an indictment all but impossible.

Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch have decamped to Capitol Hill a total of three times in the last two weeks to explain the decision to skeptical Republican lawmakers, who worry that the government created a double standard for legal prosecution.

Clinton’s email troubles have damaged her presidential campaign and contributed to a nagging sense of voters that she is untrustworthy and deceptive.

Democrats have tended to dismiss the criticism but nevertheless expressed their concerns to Clinton about her lackluster poll numbers during a closed-door meeting in the Senate on Thursday.


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