Democratic pollster and longtime Clinton ally Doug Schoen revealed on Sunday that he is no longer supporting Hillary Clinton for the nation’s highest office.
Schoen told Fox News host Harris Faulkner that he decided to reconsider his support of Clinton due to the ongoing FBI investigation into her private email use while serving as secretary of state.
“As you know, I have been a supporter of Secretary Clinton,” he said. “But if the secretary of state wins, we will have a president under criminal investigation, with Huma Abedin under criminal investigation, with the secretary of state, the president-elect, should she win, under investigation.”
When Schoen confirmed he is “actively reassessing” his support for Clinton, Faulkner reacted in shock.
“Whoa, whoa, wait a minute,” the host interrupted. “You are not going to vote for Hillary Clinton?”
The Democrat said he is “deeply concerned” the country will have a “constitutional crisis if she’s elected.”
“Wow!” Faulkner reacted.
Then Schoen offered a more definitive statement on the matter:
“I want to learn more this week. See what we see. But as of today, I am not a supporter of the secretary of state for the nation’s highest office.”
Schoen, a former adviser to former President Bill Clinton, said he has known the Clintons since 1994, but is pulling back from Hillary Clinton “because of the impact on the governance of the country and our international situation.”
FBI Director James Comey announced on Friday that the agency is looking into new potentially relevant emails connected to the investigation into Clinton’s private email server, but offered few other details. Officials reportedly obtained a warrant to examine tens of thousands of new emails on a laptop shared by top Clinton aide Huma Abedin and her estranged husband, Anthony Weiner.
The Clinton campaign has done its best to downplay the relaunched investigation, criticizing Comey for not including more details in its announcement.