Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein on Monday ramped up her attacks on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty Attorney indicted on charge of lying to FBI as part of Durham investigation MORE for using a private email system while serving as the nation’s top diplomat and maintaining a fuzzy boundary between her official and private duties.
In an interview with CNN, Stein appeared to reiterate her call for the Justice Department to prosecute Clinton for mishandling government secrets, and also joined in the attacks on her relationship with the Clinton Foundation.
"I think there should have been a full investigation,” Stein said. “I think the American people are owed an explanation for what happened, and why top secret information was put at risk, why the identity of secret agents were potentially put at risk.”
"There is much more that is coming to public attention about Hillary Clinton's behavior, including the recent revelations about favors bestowed on the Clinton Foundation's donors who got special deals, who got state partnerships,” she added, in a reference to recently released emails suggesting blurred lines between Clinton’s position as secretary of State and her vast personal and philanthropic connections.
“If she wasn't aware that she was violating State Department rules, it raises real issues about her competency."
Stein has previously criticized the Justice Department’s decision not to indict Clinton or her senior aides for the email set-up, a move that she said gave the Democratic presidential nominee “a pass.”
The explicit reference to her ties to the Clinton Foundation amounts to a doubling-down on the position, and an echo of complaints normally heard from Republicans.
Stein may be sensing a vulnerability for the Democratic nominee, who has repeatedly struggled to sustain voters’ trust. However, it also poses a danger, since many liberals have been suspicious of what they call Republicans' obsession with the email issue and Clinton’s web of relationships.
GOP nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims MORE and other top Republican officials have lambasted Clinton following last week’s release of the new emails, in which senior Clinton aides seemed to grant favors to people in the Clinton Foundation orbit.