On Fox’s Your World, a guest drummed up fear about Hillary Clinton’s emails without any pushback from the host to note that plenty of legal experts believe Clinton did not violate any laws.
The pretext was the news that a judge said Clinton may have to testify in her email case. Host Neil Cavuto called the idea of Clinton testifying, “let’s say, problematic.”
Attorney Emily Compagno was the guest. She immediately started suggesting there’s a smoking gun:
COMPAGNO: These lawsuits, these FOIA, Freedom of Information Act lawsuits, are what had Hillary affirm under oath that she had turned over every work email. It’s also what led to the 55,000 plus emails being released by the State Department. So there is paramount, paramount potential here for there to be a tremendous impact both on this issue in general as well as her campaign.”
Cavuto suggested there might be no there there. “When a Judge says, ‘I think it might be a good idea just to talk to Mrs. Clinton, to hear her out,’ What does that signal? It doesn’t necessarily mean anything untoward. What is he seeking?”
Compagno now tacitly acknowledged that this was nothing like an indictment – while hinting there was something amiss to be found. “He specifically cited the narrow purpose of this lawsuit which is to determine the adequacy of the State Department search for these documents,” she said, suggesting the State Department's search may have been inadequate.
She later added, “He then says look, it is necessary in answering that question to explore the creation, purpose, and use of this private server through this limited discovery of all these depositions. So you’re right, it’s not a witch hunt. It’s garnering more information.”
“So many different angles in this and different fronts, all at the same time. Thank you for making sense of it,” Cavuto said at the end of the segment.
But what nobody mentioned – and somebody should have – is that many legal and intelligence experts on the subject think Clinton did not break any laws. According to Compagno's website, her specialty is sports business.
Nobody said outright that Clinton would be indicted in this segment. But the suggestion that it could be coming and maybe should be coming was certainly meant as a takeaway. There was no balancing view.
Watch it below, from the May 5 Your World.