A majority of federal employees believe Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received special treatment from the Department of Justice during the investigation into her use of a private email server, according to a new poll.
Two-thirds of federal workers and government contractors agreed Clinton may have been let off easy when the Justice Department decided not to bring charges for sending and receiving classified and top secret documents on an unsecured email server. Fifty-five percent of those surveyed said her email practices constituted an “unacceptable security breach for a presidential candidate,” the poll found.
Only 16 percent of respondents to the Government Business Council survey, released Monday, believe Clinton received unfair scrutiny for her email practices.
The DOJ chose not to charge the former secretary of state after an FBI investigation revealed her email practices put classified material at risk. FBI Director James Comey decried Clinton’s email practices as “extremely careless.”
Even though the majority of respondents believed Clinton breached security protocol with her emails, 43 percent supported Clinton for president, compared to 37 percent who would vote for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The 768 people polled included employees of all branches of the military, the Justice Department, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Defense, the White House, and other federal agencies.
The same survey found 45 percent of federal employees think Trump is a bigot.
The Government Business Council, a research division of the Government Executive Media Group, conducted the survey of federal employees and government contractors from July 12 to July 18, 2016, just a week after the Justice Department declined to prosecute Clinton.
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