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Jul 6, 2016

NYT First Draft on Politics - July 6, 2016: Good News for Hillary Clinton on Email Server Also Has a Downside, by Maggy Haberman

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

President Obama and Hillary Clinton arriving in Charlotte, N.C., for their first campaign event together.
President Obama and Hillary Clinton arriving in Charlotte, N.C., for their first campaign event together. Doug Mills/The New York Times
Good News for Hillary Clinton on Email Server Also Has a Downside
By MAGGIE HABERMAN
Hillary Clinton had both the best and worst day of her campaign on Tuesday, when the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, held an extraordinary news conference to criticize her handling of her email system as secretary of state, and to say that he did not recommend federal charges against her.
Mr. Comey’s statement effectively ended what was a major controversy hanging over Mrs. Clinton’s presidential run, snuffing out the hopes among Democrats who dislike her that she might be replaced before the convention.
But Mr. Comey also handed Donald J. Trump and his fellow Republicans an array of negative quotes to use against Mrs. Clinton. He called her “extremely careless” in her email use, said that hostile global forces could have hacked her unsecured private server, and bluntly added that she should have known better.
In his rally in North Carolina on Tuesday night, Mr. Trump made a forceful case about the emails, but he also said that Mrs. Clinton had “bribed” Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch by saying she would keep the prosecutor on if elected. He also resurrected his claim that Saddam Hussein, the toppled Iraqi dictator, had killed terrorists, a statement that ignores that Mr. Hussein was considered a state sponsor of terrorism who killed his own people.
Mr. Trump has a keen ability to zero in on a rival’s weaknesses, but keeping him focused on a script is a singular challenge for his campaign. On Wednesday, Mrs. Clinton will head to Atlantic City, where Mr. Trump’s casino went bankrupt, and where she seems to hope to drag him off his message once again.
James B. Comey during a news conference on Tuesday.
Cliff Owen/Associated Press
By MARK LANDLER AND ERIC LICHTBLAU
The director said that “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring a case but called Mrs. Clinton and her staff “extremely careless” in their use of email.
Hillary Clinton at a campaign rally with President Obama in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday.
Doug Mills/The New York Times
NEWS ANALYSIS
By PATRICK HEALY
The F.B.I. director all but indicted Mrs. Clinton’s judgment and competence on Tuesday in terms that would be devastating in a normal election year.
President Obama and Hillary Clinton campaigning in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday.
Doug Mills/The New York Times
By AMY CHOZICK AND MICHAEL D. SHEAR
The president made no mention of the F.B.I. director’s announcement hours earlier that no charges should be filed in the Clinton email inquiry.
Donald J. Trump at a campaign rally in Raleigh, N.C., on Tuesday.
Stephen Crowley/The New York Times
By JONATHAN MARTIN
For many in the G.O.P., it was a painful reminder of how a candidate other than Donald J. Trump could have capitalized on the F.B.I.’s harsh critique.
President Obama campaigned with Hillary Clinton in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday.
How Obama Stole the Show at Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Rally
By MATT FLEGENHEIMER
Though he has not campaigned in a few years, the president rolled up his sleeves and let his natural banter woo voters at Mrs. Clinton’s rally in North Carolina.
Donald J. Trump with his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, last month in New York.
Reporter Calls Out Publisher (Donald Trump’s Son-in-Law) Over Anti-Semitism
By JONATHAN MAHLER
Dana Schwartz of The New York Observer wrote an open letter asking how her boss, Jared Kushner, could allow bigoted remarks from his father-in-law’s campaign.
The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, before his news conference on Tuesday.
James Comey’s Rebuke of Hillary Clinton Fits a 3-Decade Pattern
By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT AND ERIC LICHTBLAU
Throughout his career, Mr. Comey has never shied away from thorny issues, and has often clashed with White House officials about high-profile national security matters.
Donald J. Trump at a campaign event in Raleigh, N.C., on Tuesday.
Donald Trump Praises Saddam Hussein for Being ‘Good’ at Killing Terrorists
By ASHLEY PARKER
Mr. Trump’s remarks, at a rally in North Carolina, were criticized by a Clinton adviser, who said they showed how “dangerous” Mr. Trump would be in the Oval Office.
 
A debate that may not die: whether there was any <a href=”https://twitter.com/SopanDeb/status/750384014154829824”>partisan</a><a href=”https://twitter.com/SopanDeb/status/750384014154829824”></a> <a href=”https://mediamatters.org/research/2016/07/05/fix-conservative-media-decries-fbi-s-recommendation-no-criminal-charges-clinton-email-investigation/211341”>i</a><a href=”https://mediamatters.org/research/2016/07/05/fix-conservative-media-decries-fbi-s-recommendation-no-criminal-charges-clinton-email-investigation/211341”>nfluence</a> in the outcome of the Hillary Clinton email case.
Eric Thayer for The New York Times
THE 2016 RACE
By BRENDAN NYHAN
The email investigation is highly unusual and may not fit previous patterns, but prior cases suggest prosecutors are not immune to partisan influence.
Hillary Clinton at Joint Base Andrews, Md., on Tuesday before flying to a campaign rally with President Obama in Charlotte, N.C.
Doug Mills/The New York Times
By STEVEN LEE MYERS
The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, undercut many of the arguments Mrs. Clinton has used to play down her use of a private email server while secretary of state.
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