There is no getting around the fact that Hillary Clinton’s controversial use of a private email server is a dark cloud around her candidacy for president, according to The Hill Friday. The former secretary of state attempts to dismiss the allegations as a smear campaign by Republicans. Nonetheless, the FBI and Department of Justice continue to focus on whether Ms. Clinton should be indicted. What will that mean in election 2016?
What will the Democratic Party do if the FBI indeed recommends an indictment? Isn’t it a fact that the party, headed by former co-chair of Hillary’s 2008 campaign and present DNC chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, like the Republicans, is facing their her own possible political Armageddon? In actuality, if Ms. Wasserman Schultz worked within her job description as the DNC’s head, she would have remained impartial and avoided commenting on Clinton’s ongoing criminal investigation. It can only be construed by the party members as favoritism for Ms. Clinton over socialist Bernie Sanders in the Democratic Primary.
It is rumored despite Wasserman Schultz’s objections that the Democratic elite or planning for the worst and are looking elsewhere for a candidate other than Bernie Sanders should Hillary’s investigation go south. Potential replacements include Vice President Joe Biden or Secretary of State John Kerry. While candidate Clinton continues to say part administrations did the same thing with their personal email server problems.
But the reality of Hillary’s perilous legal situation is FBI Director James Comey has little choice but request an indictment from the DOJ. The reason being those agents who have worked tirelessly for years combing documents and interviewing hundreds of people would almost certainly begin leaking the crux of their indictable offenses Hillary has conducted. The liberal media who mostly favor Clinton would have little choice than report such riveting news.
If that is not enough for die-hard Hillary supporters, a few weeks ago, the FBI and Department of Justice granted immunity to Bryan Pagliano, a former State Department employee who helped Ms. Clinton set up the private server. That alone could be a game-changer in the criminal probe. Her FBI investigation is almost identical to that of former General and CIA Director David Petraeus. He pled guilty last year to mishandling classified information when he allowed his mistress to see the documents. His punishment was minimal, but his career was over.
The emails released concerning Ms. Clinton reveal in detail her inadequacies as Secretary of State. From suggesting the overthrow of Syria’s leader, Bashar al-Assad, to urging fellow Democrats to do another, her decision-making is between the world of diplomacy and the usual partisan politics.
It’s not too late for the Democratic Party to seize upon an outside candidate who doesn’t have such controversies clouding them in a general election campaign. Her candidacy would further entomb the label of a majority of likely voters who find her “distrustful.” No president has ever entered office while under investigation by the FBI and DOJ.