The Federal Bureau of Investigation has 147 agents working on sifting through thousands of Hillary Clinton’s emails to determine if she has knowingly or negligently disclosed classified government information via an unsecured email while Clinton was Secretary of State. The investigation is coming to a close and FBI agents are readying to interview Hillary Clinton’s aides. FBI Director James B. Comey said it’s necessary to have that many agents due to the volume of material and that they want to come to a conclusion before the election.
Judge Andrew Napolitano, Senior Judicial Analyst for Fox News Channel and syndicated columnist for multiple publications, said he expected the FBI to seek an indictment against the presidential candidate. The allegations are that Clinton failed “to protect national security secrets.” Napolitano said that Hillary Clinton signed a non-disclosure agreement, promising to protect the intelligence of Special Access Programs, just as former CIA Director General David Petraeus had.
“The evidence of that is overwhelming. What’s new … is that she failed to protect information of the highest possible category.
“The fact that she failed to safeguard that [intelligence]. That she put it on a non-secured, non-government server after she swore an oath – the same oath General Petraeus did – to secure it, makes her a prime candidate for prosecution.”
According to the Washington Post, the State Department released 52,000 pages of of Hillary Clinton’s emails through a court order.
“The interviews are critical to understand the volume of information they have accumulated,” said James McJunkin, former head of the FBI’s Washington field office. “They are likely nearing the end of the investigation and the agents need to interview these people to put the information in context. They will then spend time aligning these statements with other information, emails, classified documents, etc., to determine whether there is a prosecutable case.”
If the FBI proceeds with any criminal charges on Hillary Clinton, it would be through Loretta Lynch, Attorney General. Lynch addressed Congress in February.
“That matter is being handled by career independent law enforcement agents, FBI agents, as well as the career independent attorneys in the Department of Justice. They follow the evidence, they look at the law and they’ll make a recommendation to me when the time is appropriate…We will review all the facts and all the evidence and come to an independent conclusion as how to best handle it.”
In an interview this morning, Napolitano said that the agents that have been working on the case for over a year “have a mountain of evidence,” according to the Blaze. He said that Hillary Clinton’s aides do not have to agree to the interviews but issued a warning.
“If they go in, they’re not under oath, but it’s very, very dangerous, because if they mislead or lie to the FBI, that’s a felony — the equivalent to perjury — and they can be prosecuted… And they do not know, and their lawyers do not know, what the FBI knows about them.
“I would think the Democrats need to know whether or not they’re about to nominate somebody for president who might be a criminal defendant in a felony prosecution before November… They should know that now.”
Judge Napolitano predicts that something will occur before May, a little over a month away. The speculation of an impending indictment against Hillary Clinton could throw Bernie Sanders an edge in his presidential campaign.
Whether the FBI pursues an indictment against Hillary Clinton is yet to be known but the rub comes that Clinton denied she knowingly sent or received emails that were marked classified, though the FBI has discovered several emails that were indeed marked classified.
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