WASHINGTON: Having a relatively smooth ride ever since she announced to enter race to the White House, Hillary Clinton is now facing the toughest challenge in the aftermath of release of her emails from her tenure as Secretary of State which allegedly indicates link between her meetings and donors to the Clinton Foundation.
Clinton, 68, who is aiming to become the first US women President, is facing widespread criticism by the mainstream American media as to how she and her team gave preferences to
meeting and at times facilitated meetings with foreign governments who donated money to the Clinton Foundation.
The Clinton Campaign has denied the charges, but in the last two days more than a dozen newspapers have written editorials questioning her credibility and integrity.
In a lead editorial, The Washington Post said, "the latest Clinton emails show what an ethics agreement should not look like."
The USA Today wrote "Mothball the Clinton Foundation" in its editorial.
"The only way to eliminate the doubts surrounding the foundation is to wind it down and put it in mothballs, starting today, and transfer its important charitable work to another large American charity such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation," it said.
In its editorial, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel said Clinton's email problems aren't going away anytime soon — certainly not before the November election.
The New York Times warned that it is too early to take it for granted that Clinton will win in the November general elections in a landslide as the latest polls suggests.
As per RealClearPolitics, which tracks all major national polls, Clinton leads her Republican rival Donald Trump by nearly six percentage points.
Trump, who is badly trailing Clinton in all major States and has reset his campaign last week, according to The Hill, sees the Clinton's email expose as an opportunity to give a boost to his presidential campaign.
In the last two days, Trump has been slamming Clinton and seeking appointment of a special prosecutors to investigate corruption allegations against Clinton.
"Trump and his allies have made the potential for corruption posed by the Clinton Foundation the basis for an all-out assault on the Democratic nominee this week to drive up her unfavorable ratings in key swing states," The Hill reported.
The Clinton Campaign, however, has been defending the works of the Clinton Foundation which was founded by the former US president Bill Clinton for charity work in third world countries.
"The Clinton Foundation is a non-profit organisation that is a world-class charity that's provided lifesaving AIDS drugs," said Senator Tim Kaine, the Democratic vice presidential nominee.