Earlier today, Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump faced off with his rival Hillary Clinton for the second leg of the U.S. Presidential Debate. Unlike what happened in the first one, Trump was able to gain the upper hand by pressing Clinton regarding the national scandal involving her deleted emails.
During the town hall-style debate, which was moderated by Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz, the two presidential candidates went head to head regarding the various pressing matters that are currently affecting the country. One of the topics that stood out was the issue with Clinton’s emails.
When the subject was brought up during the meeting inside Missouri’s Washington University, the Democratic frontrunner initially tried to dodge it by immediately confessing that she made a terrible mistake for using a private server to handle the electronic messages.
“It was a mistake, and I take responsibility,” she said during the debate according to the Los Angeles Times. “I am very committed to taking classified information seriously. And as I said, there is no evidence that any classified information ended up the in the wrong hands.”
For Trump, however, this was not enough. Instead of letting the topic pass, he continuously grilled Clinton on her answer and the issue.
One of the talking points that Trump held on to was the confidential nature of the emails. He insisted that even though the documents were clearly marked as confidential, Clinton and her staff still continued to store and manage them through a private server. As intelligence experts previously pointed out, this is regarded as a serious threat to national security.
Trump also pounced on the Secretary of State over the 33,000 emails that her staff deleted before turning over the remaining messages to investigators.
The controversy regarding Clinton’s emails and the server that she used has been one of the main flaws that has been plaguing her campaign. The issue is apparently so big that aside from her critics and members of the Republican Party, the FBI and other intelligence agencies have initiated their own investigations regarding the matter.
Through these investigations, intelligence officials discovered that many of the documents were really labeled as classified, which was a major point that Clinton’s staff failed to notice.