(Newsmax) – Hillary Clinton’s email scandal is akin to the Nixon Watergate scandal, and the affair should keep Clinton out of the running for president of the United States, said Newt Gingrich.
In a Fox News radio interview, the former speaker of the House said, “In a rational world, she’d be out of the race.”
“Somebody needs to explain to her that taking risks with American’s secrets when you’re the secretary of state is not a laughing matter. It’s not a joke. And you, in fact, have put yourself in a position where, in any reasonable grounds, you shouldn’t even be a candidate.”
Gingrich added that Clinton’s email practices are illegal, yet there has been no work on the part of Attorney General Loretta Lynch or her Justice Department to launch an investigation.
Gingrich also talked about Clinton’s decline in the polls — in both her support and favorability — saying that if she continues to plummet, other possible candidates would have cause to jump into the race.
“Well, I think people would come out of the woodwork. I think John Kerry, after he does his Nobel Prize acceptance speech for having sold out to Iran, will probably announce. Al Gore may come back from whatever environmental crusade he’s currently on,” he said.
“I think Mike Bloomberg may decide he really is a national Democrat. Jerry Brown may decide, as governor of the largest state, why not run for the fourth time for president. Elizabeth Warren might finally decide she has to save the party.”
Last week, Clinton announced she was turning over her private email server and a backup USB drive to comply with a Justice Department investigation into her use of private email after it was revealed that the Intelligence Community inspector general had determined that two emails contained “top secret” information.
Clinton’s attorney, David Kendall, also handed over a thumb drive that contained the emails from Clinton’s personal account. The State Department had allowed Kendall to store the thumb drive in a safe in his Washington, D.C., law office. But after the highly classified information was discovered, the FBI sought control of the device.
By one report, the server that was turned over by a private company in New Jersey was blank and did not contain useful information. But the FBI has since indicated it may be able to recover some material.
Clinton dismissed questions over her use of a private email server, saying it was “nothing to worry about,” and that the controversy was being fueled by Republicans for partisan reasons.
But on Monday, it was announced that the intelligence community had identified an additional 305 emails from her server that contained classified or sensitive information.
In a CNN poll released Wednesday, Clinton’s support fell below 50 percent for the first time, a drop from 70 percent in April.