By my count, this latest State Department inquiry makes for three active investigations by the federal government that touch directly or indirectly on the 2016 Democratic presidential front-runner.
1. The newly revealed State inquiry into the Clinton Foundation and top Clinton aide Huma Abedin
2. The ongoing State inquiry into Clinton's private email server
3. The FBI investigation into Clinton's email server
And that list doesn't include the myriad looks Congress is taking into Clinton's time at State.
Here's why the latest revelation regarding Clinton's time at State is so problematic:
* It furthers the "where there's smoke, there's fire" argument. This hurts Clinton both coming and going. For Republicans, it hands them yet another way to suggest that something untoward is going on with Clinton. For Democrats, it increases their anxiety about the possibility of nominating someone who could fall under an ethical cloud just as the party is trying to elect them to the White House.
* It makes it increasingly difficult for Clinton, as she has done since the revelation that she had a private email server broke a year ago, to cast the questions raised about her time at State as simply a partisan fishing expedition. "There is a concerted effort to try to make partisan advantage by really trying to throw so much at me that even if little splotches of it stick, it will cloud peoples's judgment of me," Clinton told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow this week. "That is a burden I carry." (Full Story)