CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield spoke to Democratic strategist Robert Zimmerman about the upcoming Democratic primary debate yesterday.

They considered the unthinkable possibility that Bernie Sanders will bring up Hillary’s email scandal, which Banfield quickly suggested isn’t really a scandal.

Matthew Balan of NewsBusters reports (emphasis is his):

CNN’s Banfield: Hillary E-Mail Scandal ‘Not Even A Scandal’

On Friday’s Legal View, CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield did her best to downplay Hillary Clinton’s ongoing e-mail scandal. Banfield asked Democratic strategist Robert Zimmerman if Bernie Sanders would bring up the issue at the upcoming Democratic presidential debate.

When Zimmerman claimed that “any Democrat who resorts to reciting Republican talking points is going to hurt themselves,” the anchor replied, “So…you don’t think he’s ever going to touch the e-mail scandal – or, it’s not even a scandal. It’s really a controversy. But ‘scandal’ is the Republicans’ word for it. So far, no one has determined there’s any scandal there.”

Do you believe Banfield would insist there’s no scandal if the presumed Republican nominee was being investigated by the FBI? Watch the video:

Apparently, Banfield missed this new report from Stephen F. Hayes of The Weekly Standard:

Benghazi Committee: New Emails Show Clinton Promoted Blumenthal Interests in Libya

The House Select Committee on Benghazi will be making public next week new documents that demonstrate Sidney Blumenthal was seeking business in Libya as he was advising then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on U.S. policy in the country. According to a letter from Chairman Trey Gowdy to Elijah Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the committee, at least once Clinton sought to aid Blumenthal’s business interests in Libya.

The 13-page letter also details new concerns about compromised security on Clinton’s email, noting that in one unsecured email Blumenthal appears to name a top CIA source in Libya –a revelation that could compromise the safety of that source if it became known publicly.

In a statement accompanying the letter, Gowdy makes some of his strongest accusations to date about the Obama administration’s obstruction of the committee’s work.

“These messages should have been made public when the State Department released Secretary Clinton’s other self-selected records on Libya and Benghazi, but there was a clear decision at the time to withhold this information from the American people and the Committee,” reads the letter. “The State Department has now made these messages available, and the Committee intends to question Secretary Clinton about them during her appearance.”

Nothing to see here, folks.

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