Really? The Republicans in Congress "decided to let her skate"? No way: They would have LOVED to charge her with a crime, any crime at all. Right before the election? But they couldn't, because no prosecution would be successful, or even undertaken by any prosecutor. Her defense would have pointed out that Colin Powell had done the same thing, and her server was way more secure than a government server with thousands of users on it.

And your comments on "how the public felt about her" just supports my point. It's all about perception, and the Republicans succeeded in smearing her. Many did not trust her, because of that smear.

From a security point of view, she would have been MUCH better than Trump: He's tweeting, talking on TV, and having private conferences with Russians where he gives away all kinds of secure information.