Carl Bernstein, the famed investigative reporter who worked alongside Bob Woodward in breaking the 1970s Watergate scandal, has criticized former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for blaming her presidential campaign troubles on the “vast right-wing conspiracy” that has supposedly existed since her husband’s presidency.
“I think she has to acknowledge she’s made some terrible misjudgments and errors, particularly on the server,” Mr. Bernstein, 71, said Wednesday on CNN, The Daily Caller reported.
“Look, the vast right-wing conspiracy didn’t put the server in her damn closet. She’s going to have to get by this thing, and she’s going to have to acknowledge a terrible misjudgment it seems to be here,” he added.
Mr. Bernstein said Mrs. Clinton’s massive loss to Democratic rival Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary was a testament to what little trust voters have in her, The Daily Caller reported.
Mr. Bernstein echoed similar sentiments a few days earlier when he was asked to comment on Mrs. Clinton’s refusal to release the transcripts from paid speeches she gave at Goldman-Sachs.
“This is not just a vast right-wing conspiracy that is causing her problems,” he told CNN’s Poppy Harlow on Saturday. “She has caused herself these problems. The server is not the vast right-wing conspiracy. It’s Hillary Clinton deciding she could put a server in her closet. The same with these transcripts. The same with accepting this money in a presidential year when she knew that she was probably going to be running for president.
“To people in the White House that I talked to, it is unfathomable that she did this and has endangered President Obama’s legacy. As I say, they are terrified at this point, and they want Bernie Sanders to not do well on Tuesday and Hillary to do well because if this keeps going like that, they see real problems ahead.”
Mrs. Clinton, who reportedly kept her private email server in her basement, not in a closet, has repeatedly warned that the “vast, right-wing conspiracy” is alive and funded better than ever.
“At this point, it’s probably not correct to say it’s a conspiracy because it’s out in the open,” she said last week in New Hampshire. “There is no doubt about who the players are, what they’re trying to achieve. … It’s real, and we’re going to beat it.”
Mrs. Clinton first used the line in an interview with NBC’s “Today Show” in 1998 when talking about the political attacks that followed then-President Bill Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, CBS News reported.