If elected, President Donald Trump would have no problem making sure former Secretary of State and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton would be criminally charged and indicted for endangering national security with her private email server. Trump appeared on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor” on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, where he told host Bill O’Reilly that he would pursue an indictment against Clinton.
Trump told O’Reilly he would consider an indictment against Clinton. Trump said, “Certainly that is something you would look at. I would only do something 100 percent fair. You’d certainly have to look at it very fairly.”
The GOP front-runner thinks as it is now the Democratic Party will continue to protect Clinton and ensure she would not be indicted. Trump explained, “I don’t think she will be indicted. I think the Democratic Party will protect her. I think what she’s done is very, very serious. I think they’re a big part of her life story right now.”
Trump believes that Clinton’s Democratic rival, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, made a mistake not attacking Clinton on her private server and the ongoing investigations and lawsuits her actions caused. Trump gave his opinion that Sanders “made a big mistake by not doing the emails.”
Trump criticized Sanders’ decision during an October Democratic debate, when the senator said that Americans are “sick and tired of hearing about [Clinton’s] damn emails.” Trump believes at this point in the primary that Sanders regrets his decision to use the emails as a point of attack. Trump said, Sanders “wished he could do that over again. I don’t think that the emails are that nasty.”
The FBI has an “active, ongoing investigation” into Clinton’s email practices as Secretary of State. Currently, they are in the process of arranging interviews with Clinton’s close aides during her tenure at the State Department; they include former deputy chief of staff Huma Abedin, Jake Sullivan, former chief of staff Cheryl Mills and deputy chief of staff and aide Philippe Reines. Prosecutors will be conducting the interviews, but none has yet to be scheduled. The meetings will include not only Clinton’s former aides but also advisors.
The FBI is also planning to interview Clinton although that meeting has not been scheduled. Clinton appeared on Sunday morning, April 3, 2016, on NBC’s “Meet the Press” where she told moderator Chuck Todd that the FBI has not contacted her for an interview, she is not worried about their investigation and is open to responding to any questions the FBI has for her.
FBI Director James Comey gave a bit more insight into the FBI’s probe on April 6, 2016, while responding to a question at Kenyon College in Ohio. Comey said there would be no outside influence in their investigation. Earlier in the week on April 4, 2016, Comey spoke at the FBI field office in Buffalo, New York. There he told reporters, that neither he nor the bureau is in any rush to complete the probe into the Democratic frontrunner and her close aides at the State Department before the Democratic National Convention that commences on July 25. Comey said doing the job “well” is more important than quickly.
The State Department announced to reporters on April 1, 2016, that they are suspending their investigation upon the FBI’s request until the FBI finishes conducting their probe. Both are investigating whether Clinton or her aides put national security at risk using or sending and receiving sensitive information on the private server.
At the center of both investigations are 2,079 emails the State Department retroactively marked as classified, including 22 emails that have been labeled “Top Secret,” the highest form of classification. Additionally, there are 65 “secret” messages while the majority 2,028 emails are deemed “confidential” the lowest level of classified. The State Department insists they were not classified at the time there were sent.
The FBI’s investigation is questioning, “Whether classified information was ever mishandled or put at risk by the former secretary of state’s unusual, home-based email arrangement. Mills, Sullivan, and Reines all regularly emailed Clinton’s personal account.” It remains uncertain whether criminal charges will be filed in email case after the FBI finally finishes their investigation.