Hillary Clinton’s email woes look far from over.
In a fresh development in the FBI investigation that is being conducted on the classified emails Hillary Clinton sent on her private server during her tenure as the Secretary of State, the Justice Department has acknowledged that the probe is a “law enforcement matter” and could lead to the indictment and subsequent conviction of the Democratic front-runner.
According to Fox News Insider, the Justice Department declined to respond to a Freedom of Information Act request related to the investigation because it involves “a law enforcement matter.”
This is the first time that the Justice Department has publicly admitted that Hillary Clinton’s email probe is part of a criminal investigation. This contradicts Clinton’s defense of her actions and her repeated claims that the FBI investigation is not really an investigation at all, but merely a “security review.”
“We now know that it’s not a ‘security review,'” Judge Napolitano said on Fox and Friends.
“This is the first time the Justice Department has acknowledged this is a federal law enforcement matter. But I doubt Mrs. Clinton will start saying that.”
As Napolitano explained, there are several moving parts in the case.
“One one side, there are 39 lawsuits under the Freedom of Information Act. These are people and organizations suing the State Department, looking for her emails. On the other side, we have two FBI investigations — one for public corruption, the other is for espionage — the removal of the emails from a government server to a server that can be hacked.”
One of the 39 lawsuits sought to reveal Hillary Clinton’s communication with the Justice Department, which it declined by saying that the documents cannot be revealed on account it involving a “law enforcement matter.”
This directly contradicts one of Clinton’s stated claims on the investigations, which has repeatedly seen her say during her campaign trail that they are part of a “security review.”
Her husband and former president Bill Clinton had not addressed the email probe until recently, when at a rally in Kokomo, Indiana, he said that the investigations are part of “a game” being cooked up by Hillary Clinton’s political rivals. He likened Hillary Clinton’s email probe to a violation made by a speeding driver who does not know the speed limit permissible by law because the rules were changed without the driver’s knowledge.
“If you’re driving in a 50 mile-an-hour zone, and a police officer pulls you over when you’re driving 40, and says, ‘I’m sorry, I’ve got to give you a ticket because you know the speed limit here should be 35, and you should have known it.’ So, everybody’s all breathless about this, look, this is a game.”
This metaphor used by Bill Clinton, Napolitano said, is consistent with one of Hillary’s defenses that the documents she shared on her private server were classified after she had shared them. She has pleaded innocent to not knowing the classification status of the documents at the time she dealt with them, which, according to Napolitano, is a direct breach of the oath she took on the first day in office, which required her, as the Head of the State Department, to know whether or not a document is classified before she sent them.
Moreover, Napolitano said, Bill Clinton mocking the FBI investigations was done in bad taste, which is being conducted by two different groups consisting of “dozens and dozens” of FBI agents. He predicted that the investigation on public corruption, which includes the question of whether or not Hillary Clinton “used her power as Secretary of State to confer American governmental benefits on foreigners and foreign countries which contributed materially to the Clinton Foundation,” will not be nearing to an end soon and could drag on until after the nomination.
However, he said that he expects the investigations on Hillary Clinton’s emails to end soon because she is close to being summoned by the FBI. Her aides have already been called in, and it is only a matter of time before Hillary is called in.
In both investigations, she stands to be indicted. If that was to happen, it could put both her and the Democratic Party in a very precarious position.
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