Just two days earlier, Clinton's campaign had less to say when a judge denied a request by attorneys for technology specialist Bryan Pagliano -- one of several former Clinton aides or State Department employees deposed in the ongoing investigation into the former secretary's email account -- to prevent his deposition from being taped. And just seven days earlier, the conservative legal group Judicial Watch released the deposition of another former State Department employee, one it had fought to make public.
Thursday's attempted point-scoring largely served to demonstrate how some of the most damaging Clinton and Trump story lines cancel each other out, no matter their attempts to capitalize on them. When Clinton dared Trump to "delete his account," Republican National Committee Chairman had a joke ready:
When Clinton suggested that anyone being "watched for terrorist links" by the FBI should be denied a gun, an editor at the conservative Federalist made the obvious joke:
To partisans who are still uneasy about the presumptive Democratic and Republican nominees, the drip of scandal -- and the ease with which each is canceled out -- is excruciating. Diehard supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) often invoke Clinton's ongoing investigation when they argue that their candidate cannot yet concede. "If [the FBI] recommends indictments, and the likelihood is extremely high based upon a number of factors, then the DNC will need Bernie Sanders," wrote H.A. Goodman, a freelance writer whose pro-Sanders articles regularly go viral, last week. "Ignoring this obvious fact could lead to a Trump presidency, so Bernie Sanders, and the Democratic Party, must stay patient." On the right, Republicans who were hopeful that the Clinton Foundation's connections to Qatar and Saudi Arabia could be weaponized against her are hobbled by Trump's own business ties in the Middle East.