Several Democratic lawmakers have come out in defense of Hillary Clinton as she faces an unfolding scandal relating to her use of a private email address during her time as Secretary of State.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she doesn’t think there is “any ill intent in this.” She added, “I just don’t know how the State Department functions with regard to this.”
But Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) offered a curious excuse for Clinton’s decision to use only private email, which some argue represents a violation of federal law.
“People have different ways of communicating,” Cardin told the New York Times. “I have a granddaughter who does nothing but text. You’ll never find a letter written with her. So everybody’s different.”
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) also defended Clinton’s use of a private email address, saying, "It has been public for several years that Secretary Clinton used her personal email account, apparently following the pattern of previous secretaries of state.”
Meanwhile, Republicans have pounced on the Clinton email controversy.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, is just one of the Republicans to accuse Clinton of failing to follow federal records law.
"The use of a personal e-mail address to skirt public records laws, aside from failing to meet the security standards one would expect of the nation's top diplomat, enabled Clinton to shield her official communications from scrutiny by the media and the American public," he said, according to Fox News.