Democratic pollster and longtime Clinton supporter and ally Doug Schoen announced on the “Fox Report” show Sunday night that he will not be voting for Hillary Clinton, saying he fears a constitutional crisis will occur should she be elected.
Schoen, a Fox News contributor, was an advisor on Bill Clinton’s 1996 reelection campaign, and also worked on Hillary Clinton’s failed 2008 presidential campaign. He said he has known the Clintons since 1994.
He said the reopened FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal forced him to reassess his support for her bid for the presidency. As the co-hosts of the show expressed shock at this announcement, Schoen said, “I have to, because of the impact on the governance of the country and our international situation.”
— Doug Schoen (@DouglasESchoen) October 31, 2016
Monday morning, Schoen clarified and confirmed his decision to drop his support for Clinton in an editorial published to The Hill.
“I made one of the most difficult decisions of my life – not just political, but also personal – last night,” Schoen wrote.
“FBI Director James Comey’s decision to make public the fact that more emails potentially pertinent to the Clinton probe had been found on Anthony Weiner’s computer changes the impact of this election on the future of the country.
I saw this because regardless of what Secretary Clinton did or didn’t do or what her aide, Huma Abedin, did or didn’t do or even what Anthony Weiner did or didn’t do, I am now convinced that we will be facing the very real possibility of a constitutional crisis with many dimensions and deleterious consequences should Secretary Clinton win the election.”
Schoen continued that due to all the criminal investigations now pending against Clinton and Abedin, as well as potential investigations into the Justice Department and the FBI, “I fear we will not be able to withstand this kind of continued scandal.”
He said if Clinton were to win the election, her administration would be paralyzed and unable to govern and meet its responsibilities to the American public. “There will be no goodwill or honeymoon period for Clinton. Her first 100-days agenda will take a backseat to partisan divisions and polarization.”
“Moreover, we simply cannot face a situation where the president elect may need or want a pardon from the president to govern. Or worse yet, need to pardon herself after she takes office,” Schoen wrote.
He did make it clear that “I cannot vote for Donald Trump as his world view and mine are very different.”
Schoen had been wavering for some time in his support of Clinton. In an editorial to the Wall Street Journal on May 31, he wrote that there was a good Clinton might not win the Democrat nomination, due to her growing legal problems and her inability to hold a significant lead over Donald Trump.
The FBI re-opening their investigation of her was the final blow, causing him to withdraw his support.
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