David Shuster, the reliably left wing “reporter” who left Fox News for MSNBC, then wound up at Al-Jazeera (now that it is shutting down, where will he go next?) is reporting that the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton and her use of private emails for Secretary of State business is complete. And, in the next few days, Ms. Clinton will join her close associates and be interviewed about this by the FBI.
In Mr. Shuster’s own words (as pulled from Joe Concha’s article at mediaite.com):
While Hillary Clinton fights for the Democratic presidential nomination, law enforcement officials tell Al Jazeera America the Federal Investigation into her personal email system while she was Secretary of State has reached a critical stage.
The FBI, led by Director James Comey, has now finished examining Clinton’s private emails and home server. And the sources add that Comey’s FBI team has been joined by the Justice Department prosecutors. Together, they are now examining the evidence, analyzing relevant laws, and attempting to arrange interviews with key figures in the investigation.
Those interviews, according to attorneys, will include former State Department aides Philippe Reines, Former Clinton Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, and Clinton herself.
Soon after those interviews — in the next few days and weeks — officials expect Director Comey to make his recommendation to Attorney General Loretta Lynch about potential criminal charges.
I find it especially difficult to believe that Loretty Lynch, Barack Obama’s hand-picked Attorney General, will file criminal charges against Ms. Clinton.
My guess – and it is only a guess, I have no inside knowledge at all – is that she will get off with a significant admonishment that she shouldn’t have done what she did.
If no charges are filed, the Clinton people will immediately trumpet that, with or without an admonishment, it is complete exoneration. Republicans – and Bernie Sanders, Ms. Clinton’s primary opponent – will assure us that it is no such thing.
If there are no charges filed, but it comes out that Director Comey recommended charges be filed and Attorney General Lynch declined to do so, the issue will, and should, dog Ms. Clinton throughout the campaign. And I’m not just talking about the general election: Bernie Sanders’ obvious message to superdelegates will be: “Do you really want to anoint a candidate who is facing criminal charges? It’s bad enough that what she did rises to that level, but what if she is convicted?”
And if Loretta Lynch surprises me (amazes me is more like it) by filing charges, Hillary Clinton’s campaign is over – whether she willingly withdraws her candidacy or not.
To say I am – and you should be – interested in seeing how this plays out would be a major understatement.