Emails Dominated Hillary News In Voters' Minds In Presidential Campaign Where Trump Totally Controlled Narrative

Critical 'Email' Not on Clinton's Server But About Investigation Deemed Fake With Russian Ties

A very damaging 'email' alleging collusion between Hillary Clinton and the Justice Department with regard to the FBI investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server was known to be unreliable and possibly even fake in the summer of summer 2016. 

 The Washington Post says the intelligence document, which said then–Attorney General Loretta Lynch promised a campaign staffer that she’d go easy on Clinton, led Comey to “take the extraordinary step” of announcing the investigation’s findings without involving the Justice Department.

From the time of its initial receipt in March 2016, FBI agents debated its veracity. The document, which described an email from former DNC head Debbie Wasserman Schultz to Leonard Benardo of George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, said that Lynch told Clinton staffer Amanda Renteria that she would prevent the investigation from going too deep.

“The idea that Russians would tell a story in which the Clinton campaign, Soros and even an Obama administration official are connected — that Russians might tell such a story, that is not at all surprising,” said Matt Rojansky, a Russia expert and director of the Kennan Institute at the Wilson Center. “Because that is part of the Kremlin worldview.”

This is a staggering revelation about Comey's handling of what appears to be a fake document about then Atty Gen. Loretta Lynch saying nothing bad would happen to Hillary Clinton over her emails. Comey didn't go to Lynch. This false report went on for months and rather than ever disclaiming the story, it has stood against Hillary and Loretta Lynch.

Only the Washington Post's ongoing pestering about the email resulted in this new article on a subject that caused not only a major blow to Clinton's and Lynch's reputations but also a major fissure between Clinton supporters and those of Bernie Sanders.

New research shows just how the subject of Hillary Clinton's emails dominated her 2016 presidential campaign. 

Emails Dominated Hillary Clinton Campaign News

In the paper, presented at the American Association for Public Opinion Research's annual conference in New Orleans, pollsters and political scientists from Gallup, Georgetown University and the University of Michigan analyzed the daily Gallup tracking poll from July 10 to November 7, 2016. Their focus targeted one question in particular:In particular:  "Have you read, seen or heard anything about (Hillary Clinton/Donald Trump) in the last day or two?" They then zeroed in on the "yes" responses and categorized what, exactly, people said they had read, seen or heard.

The word cloud above answers the question of news and analysis about Hillary Clinton that informed American voters. Note that the bigger the word in the cloud, the more times it was the answer. 

To contrast the Clinton analysis, researchers created a word cloud for now US president Donald Trump. 

Before the presidential election on November 8,  Gallup pointed out that Trump dominated daily news. For the seven days ending on Oct. 24, 83% of Americans had read, seen or heard something about Trump, with 78% having done so about Clinton. When Clinton did dominate news headlines, it was related to emails or the health scare that dominated headlines after September 11, when Clinton suffered a benign episode of heat exhaustion. 

In their analysis of the new research, CNN shares how the emails came to dominate Hillary's late October 2016 campaign after Comey's announcement that he had reopened the email case, based on discoveries that Huma Abedin's then-husband Anthony Weiner's joint-use laptop housed Clinton emails.  It was the recent revelation that even in Congressional testimony, then FBI Director Comey overstated the findings about those alleged 'October surprise' classified documents and TOTAL number of documents on the laptop.

President Trump seized on this clarified and retracted Comey testimony about Weiner's laptop, coupled with Comey's overall handling of the Clinton emails as the initial reason for his firing the FBI Director. In the next day or two, Trump then said that the actual reason was the Russian investigation in his NBC anchor Lester Holt interview.

The word cloud evidence is overwhelming that only one topic about Clinton was on voters' minds in the totality of the campaign and it crescendoed last weeks of the campaign, whereas no topic carried equal weight for Donald Trump.  In the word cloud at the top of this article, we must also note 'liar' as a key word that dominated Hillary's campaign.