Based upon recent polls, Hillary Clinton’s indictment is supported by the majority of Americans since they believe Clinton broke the law by allegedly sending and receiving top secret information through her private email server while working for the U.S. State Department. Bernie Sanders’ position on the emails scandal has also shifted slightly, with the Vermont senator now claiming the potential charges by the FBI are a “serious issue,” when previously he had completely dismissed the scandal as those “damn emails.”
Based upon previous statements from former House Majority Leader Tom Delay and Hosue Representative Darrell Issa, FBI Director James Comey wants Hillary Clinton indicted even “as we speak.” While Republicans may start salivating at the possibility, Comey is “being forced to triple-time make a case” due to the 2016 election and the general popularity of Clinton. Both men also seem to doubt the current Attorney General underneath President Obama will take action.
“I’ve worked with both the last attorney general … and this attorney general, and I really don’t believe they’ll do it,” Issa stated. “Doing it, by definition, would end her run for president. So do I think the Democrats are in an odd situation where the only thing they can do is hold their nose and hold back on an indictment? Sadly, yes.”
In addition, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the Department of Justice (DOJ) is not moving ahead with Hillary Clinton’s indictment “based upon what we know.”
“What I know that some officials over there have said is that she is not a target of the investigation, so that does not seem to be the direction that it’s trending,” Earnest told White House reporters. “But I’m certainly not going to weigh in on a decision or in that process in any way. That is a decision to be made solely by independent prosecutors but again, based on what we know from the Department of Justice, it does not seem to be headed in that direction.”
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According to Rasmussen Reports, the majority of Americans now think the DOJ should be moving in that direction. Based upon the recent polls, respondents say Hillary Clinton broke the law and should face the consequences of her actions, but Americans are “far less convinced that serious charges will be brought against her.” Rasmussen found that 64 percent of likely U.S. voters believe Hillary broke the law, with 47 percent saying it’s very likely. Only 29 percent believe it’s unlikely that Clinton broke U.S. laws, with nine percent saying it’s “not at all likely.” The polls also noted a marked increase in those who believe Clinton broke the law since the scandal first became popularized in 2015.
In the past, Bernie Sanders has refused to go on the attack against Clinton for the email server scandal. In fact, during a previous Democratic debate he stated he was “sick and tired of hearing about damn emails.” Now that the U.S. State Department has admitted that a minimum of 22 top secret emails were located on the email server, Sanders has not changed his position, but he did tell CNN’s Jake Tapper that he considers the issue to be serious.
“Nope, nope. That is not, I think, a fair assessment,” Sanders replied when asked by Tapper if Hillary had done wrong. “That is, I think, a very serious issue. There is a legal process taking place, I do not want to politicize that issue. It is not my style.”
Even if the FBI wants to push forward on Hillary Clinton’s indictment, it seems unlikely to happen based upon the current response by the Obama administration. Any criminal charges referred by the FBI will need to go through Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, all of whom are loyal Democrats. Tom DeLay says his FBI sources have already foreseen this scenario taking place, but “if the attorney general does not indict, they’re going public” right before America chooses the Democratic candidate for the 2016 elections.
Do you think the DOJ should have Hillary Clinton indicted? Should Bernie Sanders go on the attack instead of supporting Clinton on this issue?