It’s a fact that the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton has been a long and grueling process. As many as a hundred agents have reportedly been involved in the course of the election.
The Young Turks made a pretty good statement. They said basically that if you or I were being investigated by even 1 FBI agent there’s a good chance that a prosecution would be forthcoming. The FBI usually doesn’t get involved unless there’s wrong dealing. Obviously the more agents involved the bigger the case and the more evidence there is against the target of the investigation.
In April many of Hillary Clinton’s staffers were interviewed including her long-time aide Huma Abedin. Clinton herself is expected to be interviewed in the next week or two about her use of a private email server in her home.
Legal experts in and around Washington have said that the former Secretary of State’s testimony will be the final piece of the puzzle for the FBI and federal prosecutors. After the interview they will need to decide whether or not to file charges against Hillary Clinton.
Steven Levin a former federal prosecutor said :
“This certainly sends the signal that they are nearing an end to their investigation…. Typically the way we structured investigations when I was a federal prosecutor is that we would seek to interview the target last.
As you begin to interview people who are extremely close to the target of an investigation — people who are considered confidants… you typically interview those people towards the final stages of the investigation… That way if they tell you something that is contrary to something you’ve already learned, you can immediately challenge them on that information.”
The stakes are high for Clinton. Not only is her presidential run at stake, but so is her personal freedom and legacy. If it goes better than expected for Clinton and no charges are pressed than it’ll be a huge breath of fresh air for her campaign.
If on the other hand she is charged and indicted her hopes of being the Democratic nominee are as good as dead.
According to Matthew Whitaker a former U.S. attorney who now leads a watchdog group called the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust:
“There’s a lot of jeopardy that is going to happen in this interview. It’s very high-stakes… they’re only going to ask her questions that they already know the answers to already.”
Neither Loretta Lynch the Attorney General, nor James Comey the FBI Director are planning to wrap this up by any specific date that is ‘convenient’ to the political calendar. The FBI’s accelerated pace of late though does seem to suggest that they are aware of ticking clock of campaign season and that everyone is anxious to get this done and over with.
If Clinton is indicted it will force one of two scenarios. Either the delegates and super delegates in the Clinton column join with Bernie and the Revolution, or they decide to flock to someone like Biden and cause a major rift and splinter in the party. Whatever happens this continues to be a very historical and momentous election season.
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