WILL THE WHEELS OF JUSTICE GRIND HILLARY?—-PUT NOT YOUR TRUST IN EMAIL SCANDALS–47H.,B43
Many—perhaps even most— to Republicans believe the former secretary of state will face some sort of legal consequence for keeping classified information on her private email system. They point to the preponderance of public evidence clearly and indisputably showing a bevy of classified information was stashed on Clinton’s home-brew server.
Perhaps Clinton’s opinion is not uninformed—her ties to the Department of Justice are deep, a benefit of being married to an ex-president. being a former U.S. senator, and serving as a cabinet member in the Obama administration. Her key Spokesman, Brian Fallon, was the top press wrangler at Justice, and Eric Holder, the former attorney general who is believed still to be close to the president, is a big booster of her presidential candidacy.
The FBI will be interviewing Clinton soon, according to news reports, signaling a possible winding down of the many-months-long investigation. The bureau will have to review all the evidence—most of which, it’s worth recalling, has likely not been released to the public, despite massive document dumps of tens of thousands of Clinton’s emails. The bureau will then recommend to the lawyers at the Justice Department whether Clinton should be indicted, or perhaps one or more of her assistants. The key question will be whether there is enough evidence to prosecute a case that will hinge on whether Clinton knowingly and intentionally broke the law.
But not pursuing legal action on t Clinton opens up the administration to the very charges Obama was so sensitive to avoid in his interview with Wallace—that his Department of Justice is a political organ, working to save the Democratic nominee. The Obama IRS targeted Republicans and conservative groups, while Justice covers for Democrats.
That would leave Republicans unhappiest of all. As one top GOP hand advised, “I don’t think anyone should base their strategy for November on a hope that the Obama administration’s own Justice Department will indict their party’s nominee.” Of course Republicans might be less given to fantasies of Hillary’s downfall if they weren’t flirting with nominating the most unpopular candidate in the history of either party.
source-weekly standard (4/25/2016), daniel halper,