Clinton Seeks To Outlast Scandals, Trump

With a little more than two months to go before voters head to the polls, Hillary Clinton could try to run out the clock on controversies surrounding her private email use and her family's foundation.

The more than half-dozen Freedom of Information Act lawsuits pending against the State Department will expose thousands of documents related to Clinton's time as secretary of state now that the FBI has relinquished control of roughly 14,900 emails recovered from Clinton's private server. At least five separate congressional inquiries into activity related to Clinton's private email use or foundation have not yet yielded answers from the Justice or State Departments.

But many of the document probes that threaten to deepen Clinton's ethical woes are unlikely to turn up scathing evidence before November, giving the Democratic nominee an opportunity to wait out the controversies until after the election has been decided.

Ford O'Connell, a GOP strategist, said Clinton likely believes she can run out the clock on her Republican opponent, Donald Trump, because relatively few news outlets and organizations are pushing to unearth her records.

"She thinks she's so far up in the polls, and Trump's not going to get his act together, and the media is not going to dig any further," O'Connell told the Washington Examiner.

"It's why she went out there and gave the speech on racism," he said of Clinton's strategy last week amid a spate of revelations about the Clinton Foundation. "Obviously, it's hitting a nerve."

Read more from Sarah Westwood at the Washington Examiner

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