Hillary Clinton's Email Controversy Could Fade, Despite Unanswered Questions

Questions remain over 2016 White House potential contender Hillary Clinton's private server and email account, but the controversy could fade into the background as election season gets fully underway.

The New York Times revealed last week that Clinton solely used a private email account to conduct business during her four-year tenure as secretary of state, and kept a private server at her residence, sparking a wave of controversy and myriad questions, such as whether she sent any classified information through the account.

On Tuesday, Clinton broke her week-long silence on the issue, likening the move to an honest mistake, saying it "would have been better" if she had used a government email account, which is the norm, but that she used a personal account for the sake of " convenience."

Many questions over that incident remain unanswered. While Republicans and other critics continue to accuse Clinton of not being forthcoming on how she dealt with the attack, most U.S. media is now tired of the controversy, aside from some conservative news outlets.

That means the public is unlikely to demand answers over the email controversy and may soon forget the issue. 

"Republicans need to play their cards right on this," Republican strategist Ford O'Connell told Xinhua, explaining that the Republican Party (GOP) needs to use the email controversy as part of a larger theme to paint Clinton as secretive and as believing the rules don't apply to her.

"This is still early on in the election cycle. We don't know whether it's going to change anything," O'Connell said of the email scandal.

"Obviously some hard core supporters are still going to support her no matter what," he said, but added that if the GOP is successful, the party could use the scandal to take some voters away from Clinton at the margins.

"This by itself is not going to torpedo her nomination," but it could help Republicans portray her as someone who is, in their view, a consummate politician who will do whatever it takes to win, he said.

Read more from Mathew Rusling at GlobalPost

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