Former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson defended Hillary Clinton as a “fundamentally honest and trustworthy” politician who is held to an unreasonable double standard, in a column for the Guardian on Monday.

Abramson, who was bounced from the Times in 2014, said voters “believe Clinton is hiding something because her instinct is to withhold.”

“It was bad judgment, as she has said, to use a private email server,” wrote Abramson. “It was colossally stupid to take those hefty speaking fees, but not corrupt. There are no instances I know of where Clinton was doing the bidding of a donor or benefactor.”

The Times broke the story about Clinton’s exclusive use of a private email server while at the State Department, and has reported on links between Clinton Foundation donors and State Department policies.

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