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Former Arizona Gov. Symington gives his take on Clinton email controversy

Sen. Jeff Flake, left, R-Ariz., talks with former Arizona governor Fife Symington prior to inauguration ceremonies at the Arizona Capitol, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Former Arizona Gov. Fife Symington gave his own take on the Hillary Clinton email controversy to Mike O’Neil on Think Tank on KTAR 92.3 FM.

“People have no idea what it’s like to be threatened,” Symington said.

Symington lived through a personal controversy — he was convicted of bank fraud in 1997 and forced to resign from office.

“When I see people making harsh comments, I don’t belong to that crowd anymore because I’ve been there. Just as a human being, I know how terrible that process is on the individual and their family and you don’t want to wish it on anybody.”

On Aug. 11 Clinton agreed to turn over her personal email server to the Department of Justice.

“I think justice has become very political in this country and it’s going to undermine the strength of the justice system,” Symington said.

The former governor discussed the uneasy feeling he had under the possibility of going to prison on only 24 hours notice.

“I had a duffle bag and it was in my dressing room and it was packed and ready to go,” Symington said.

“We knew that that was a strong possibility and you just have to live day by day and take it as it comes and cherish your freedom every day.”

Symington kept himself busy with culinary school.

“I kept myself really busy, which I think is one of the keys to getting through a really dire period like that,” Symington said. “I wasn’t just lying around, sort of waiting for the gong to sound.”






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