Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, laughs as a photographer positions a camera above her head as she returns to testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, before the House Select Committee on Benghazi. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Drip. Drip. Drip. Lately, the talk about Hillary’s emails has died down as the campaign heats up and the focus has been largely focused on the GOP race. Hillary is gobbling up delegates and she has more than 100% of what she needs at this point to secure the nomination.
But the FBI is not concerned with politics and they have been going on with the investigation which has now reached a much more critical phase:
Federal prosecutors investigating the possible mishandling of classified materials on Hillary Clinton’s private email server have begun the process of setting up formal interviews with some of her longtime and closest aides, according to two people familiar with the probe, an indication that the inquiry is moving into its final phases.
Those interviews and the final review of the case, however, could still take many weeks, all but guaranteeing that the investigation will continue to dog Clinton’s presidential campaign through most, if not all, of the remaining presidential primaries.
No dates have been set for questioning the advisors, but a federal prosecutor in recent weeks has called their lawyers to alert them that he would soon be doing so, the sources said.
And then this bomb is dropped:
Prosecutors also are expected to seek an interview with Clinton herself, though the timing remains unclear.
Well. That puts a new spin on things. The article goes on to seriously try to downplay any threat of an indictment against Clinton:
Many legal experts believe that Clinton faces little risk of being prosecuted for using the private email system to conduct official business when she served as secretary of State, though that decision has raised questions among some about her judgment. They noted that using a private email system was not banned at the time, and others in government had used personal email to transact official business.
The bigger question is whether she or her aides distributed classified material in email systems that fell outside of the department’s secure classified system. But even if prosecutors determine that she did, chances she will be found criminally liable are low. U.S. law makes it a crime for someone to knowingly or willfully retain classified information, handle it in a grossly negligent manner or to pass it to someone not entitled to see it.
That last portion is important. We don’t know. That is what this investigation will determine.