Stein says Clinton's response to email controversy "raises real questions about her competency"
Agrees with calls for House oversight committee investigation
CNN will host a town hall with Green Party nominee Jill Stein and her running mate, Ajamu Baraka, August 17 at 9:00 p.m. ET.
Green Party candidate Jill Stein attacked Hillary Clinton on Monday for her use of a private email server as Secretary of State, amid reports that notes from Clinton’s interview with the FBI during its probe of the matter would be turned over soon to Congress.
Declining to say whether she thought Clinton should have faced criminal charges from the FBI after its probe, Stein said that the issue “raises real questions about her competency.”
“I think there should have been a full investigation. 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,” Stein told CNN’s Carol Costello.
Asked if she thought Clinton should have faced criminal charges based on the FBI’s investigation, Stein would only say that “that’s a matter that deserves public discussion.”
She continued, “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.”
Stein will have the opportunity to continue to make her case against Clinton and the other presidential candidates at a CNN-hosted Green Party Town Hall event on Wednesday at 9:00 p.m.
The Green Party presidential hopeful also said she agreed with calls for another investigation of Clinton’s email server use, this time by an oversight committee from the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
“We’re talking about state secrets and these are the highest level of state secrets that were put at risk, when it is known that the protections for her e-mail were extremely inadequate,” Stein said. “In fact, orders were being issued from her office to others in the Secretary of State Department to do the exact opposite of what she was doing. So certainly, you know, if she wasn’t aware that she was violating State Department rules, it raises real issues about her competency.”
The Clinton campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Stein’s remarks.