Bernie Sanders calls investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails ‘valid’

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton looks on during the first official Democratic candidates debate of the 2016 presidential campaign in Las Vegas, Nevada October 13, 2015. REUTERS/L

In what the media is casting as a major shift, Bernie Sanders said on Wednesday that he supports ongoing investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email practices as secretary of state:

If her email practices foiled public-records requests or compromised classified information, those are “valid questions,” Mr. Sanders said. […
On the issue of Mrs. Clinton’s emails, Mr. Sanders didn’t say he regretted his debate remarks. “You get 12 seconds to say these things,” he said of the debate setting. “There’s an investigation going on right now. I did not say, ‘End the investigation.’ That’s silly.…Let the investigation proceed unimpeded.”

These comments are something of a shift, but the media is also probably overselling them. It’s not a gaping contradiction to say that American voters are sick of the media hype over Clinton’s emails and the degree to which that hype has crowded out substantive discussion of policy and

say that a nonpartisan investigation (i.e. not the House Benghazi Committee) is reasonable and valid.

Time will tell if this marks a shift in how directly and on what topics Sanders will criticize Clinton—it’s getting to be campaign prime time when candidates do take each other on more directly, and with Clinton’s national poll numbers going back above 50 percent, Sanders has added incentive to be harsher. I still wouldn’t look for him to start sounding like Donald Trump or even Jeb Bush in his criticisms of his competitor.

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