Hillary Clinton could soon be meeting with FBI investigators over her alleged use of a private email server, with sources saying the feds want to meet with Clinton before the end of her Democratic Party primary battle.
Clinton has racked up a nearly insurmountable lead against Bernie Sanders for the Democratic nomination, but the federal investigation and the possibility that the FBI could recommend indictment has been hanging over her head for the entirety of it. Now, it appears Clinton won’t be able to make it through the end of the primary before she has to answer for her alleged sending of classified documents on an unsecured server.
Officials told CNN (via RT.com) that the FBI will meet with Hillary Clinton sometime before the California primary, which takes place June 7. The FBI has already met with multiple Clinton aides, including longtime adviser Huma Abedin.
Hillary Clinton has said repeatedly that she is willing to sit down with investigators whenever they wanted, but to date said they have not requested an interview.
“No, no they haven’t. But, you know, back in August, we made clear that I’m happy to answer any questions that anybody might have. And I stand by that,” Clinton said in an April interview with MSNBC (via Real Clear Politics).
But just because the FBI plans to interview Hillary Clinton before the end of the primary season does not mean that a decision on whether to recommend indictment will come anytime soon. In fact, some followers are predicting that the FBI may not make the findings public or make a recommendation to the Justice Department until after November’s election.
Republican Congressman Darrell Issa, who once served as chair of the House Government Oversight Committee, told Fox News host Maria Bartiromo that the nature of the investigation and the sheer volume for investigators to sift through means it will take a long time to reach a conclusion.
“What’s happening in the investigation is, I think, the FBI is running into a problem that there is too much to investigate,” Issa said (via the Washington Examiner). “I believe they are going to have to make a summary finding as to her violations of the National Records Act, her taking of the documents and, of course, the classified portion.”
FBI Director James Comey said he doesn’t want to short-change the investigation, meaning there is no internal pressure to have it completed in time for the Democratic National Convention this summer.
“Somebody asked me if the Democratic National Convention is a hard stop or a key date for you? Are you doing this aimed at that? And I said, no,” he said via NBC News. “We aspire to do all our investigations in two ways — well and promptly, especially investigations that are of great interest to the public. We want to do them promptly.”
While many of Hillary Clinton’s opponents are hoping the FBI’s findings will derail her campaign — a sentiment shown in the hashtag #DropOutHillary, where more than one million people used their social media voice to implore her to leave the race — experts believe she will escape without punishment. FBI officials told CNN that there are no signs of intentional wrongdoing on Clinton’s part so far. Law enforcement officials also said they found no evidence that the Romanian hacker known as Guccifer, who bragged about infiltrating Clinton’s server, was actually able to hack into her emails.
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