According to a new story in the L.A. Times, the FBI is bringing their investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server to a close. Two insiders told the paper that the Bureau is entering the final phase of the inquiry; investigators are in the middle of setting up formal interviews with Clinton and several of her top aides.
“Those interviews and the final review of the case, however, could still take many weeks, all but guaranteeing that the investigation will continue to dog Clinton’s presidential campaign through most, if not all, of the remaining presidential primaries,” writes the L.A. Times.
But the bigger question is whether or not the FBI will conclude this investigation with an indictment.
“The facts of the case do not fit the law,” American University law professor Stephen Vladeck told the paper. “Reasonable folks may think that federal law ought to prohibit what Hillary did, but it’s just not clear to me that it currently does.”
Well, the L.A. Times managed to find a lawyer who would give them the narrative they want to hear, but there are many other legal experts who do not share that view of the controversy. While it’s true that the prevailing view is that Clinton will escape legal consequences, most of that is due to pessimism and a lack of faith in Obama’s Justice Department. The American people have no confidence that this crooked administration will put the law above politics. When have they ever?
So if we assume that Obama will pressure both the FBI and Attorney General Loretta Lynch to dismiss this case, we’re left to wait and see how badly this hurts Clinton politically. As it stands now, it’s a dead issue for Democrats. They just simply don’t care. Thanks to the biased media, they see it as another Republican witch-hunt without merit. The GOP nominee will make as much hay out of it as possible, but how hard are those punches going to land if Clinton is cleared of any wrongdoing?
It depends. If Republicans can demonstrate that Clinton benefited from an obvious political favor, they may be able to use her exoneration against her. If not, they’d better turn their attention to a subject with a higher upside. Clinton’s life and career has given them plenty of material.
The thing is, this goes beyond the question of whether or not Clinton specifically broke the law. This case goes to her judgment, and it casts great doubt on her competence. But if Americans aren’t willing to see that for themselves, there may be little Republicans can do to convince them.