While speaking with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, Judge Andrew Napolitano said the FBI has enough evidence to indict and convict Democratic Party front-runner Hillary Clinton, The Blaze reported Friday. According to The Blaze, the FBI is in the final stages of its investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server during her stint as Secretary of State.
“The evidence of her guilt is overwhelming,” he said. “And the FBI knows a lot more about it than I do.”
If the evidence against Clinton is as overwhelming as Napolitano says, the FBI may very well be inclined to push for an indictment. But it remains to be seen if the Justice Department is willing to take that step, given the current political climate, Chris Enloe said.
On Thursday, FBI Director James Comey said that even with the mounting evidence against Clinton, there is no timetable as to when — or if — anyone will face formal charges. Comey said he’s more interested in conducting a proper investigation than seeing a conclusion prior to the Democratic Party convention in July.
“We aspire to do all our investigations in two ways, well and promptly,” Comey said. “I get that people care about this investigation, and so we’re working very hard to ensure it’s done well and promptly. If we had to choose between the two choices, we’d do it well.”
“There’s no timetable on any investigation, but somebody asked me in the States about ‘is the Democratic National Convention a hard stop for you?” he added. “‘Is that a key date for you’?”
Comey, who served as deputy attorney general under former President George W. Bush, said he is “personally close to this investigation” and assured that it was being conducted “competently, honestly and independently.” It seems from his comments that Comey is working to avoid the kind of charges leveled at Ken Starr, who investigated former President Bill Clinton.
Even though the FBI has said politics plays no role in the investigation, it could certainly be a factor should she become the Democrats’ nominee. The FBI began its investigation last July and, the Los Angeles Times reported in March, has started setting up formal interviews with top Clinton aides. Those interviews with investigators, the Times said, “will play a significant role in helping them better understand whether Clinton or her aides knowingly or negligently discussed classified government secrets over a non-secure email system when she served as secretary of State.”