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Indict Hillary Now — or Clear Her

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Wednesday, 04 May 2016 01:05 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The more time passes, the less likely an indictment for Hillary and the email scandal that won’t go away.

The FBI can investigate all it wants, but an indictment/arrest can only come with a sign-off by a United States attorney, which presents two big issues.

First, while politics should never enter into the equation, it is worth noting that all U.S. attorneys are political appointments of the president.

The last thing an outgoing president wants is repudiation of his legacy, and a Republican capturing the White House (especially Donald Trump) would be seen as the ultimate slap in the face to Mr. Obama.

The president and Hillary may not be particularly fond of each other, but it’s not in Obama’s interest to see Hillary implode due to an indictment.

Second, no one wants to be the person who, late in the game, announces the indictment of a presidential nominee, for he will forever be accused of “electioneering.”

And, should Hillary be indicted, remain the nominee, and lose, the winner will, rightly or wrongly, be de-legitimized by a large segment of the electorate.

George W. Bush’s credibility was damaged in the wake of Florida’s “hanging chad” fiasco because many viewed his election, ultimately decided by the judiciary, as invalid.

Indicting Clinton so close to the election would take that perception to a whole new level.

The bottom line. If you’re going to indict, do it within the next 45 days so that the Democrats can potentially find another nominee before their convention.

And what’s the hold up?

There are dozens of agents on the case. Prosecutors don’t need to wait until the investigation is completed to bring an indictment, as they only need an initial charge to get things rolling; additional counts, should they be discovered, could be added later.

And let’s be honest: there is a plethora of areas where Clinton seems to have broken the law, including:

  • Mishandling classified information, as at least 2,000 emails were later deemed classified, and at least 22 “top secret.” Knowingly removing classified information to an unauthorized location, such as a private server out of the government’s secure network, is a significant crime.
  • Violating the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). It’s pretty hard to obtain records under that law if they reside on a private server, and were deleted — as thousands were. And having Clinton and her team be the ones deciding what material to turn over to the State Department is the fox guarding the hen house.
  • Violating the Federal Records Act and National Archives regulations, which require that government agencies maintain work-related documents, including e-mails. It also stipulates that government employees cannot destroy or remove such records. That begs the question as to how congressional oversight committees could review State Department records that they didn’t know existed by nature of those documents residing on Clinton’s private server.

If we assume that Mrs. Clinton broke the law, but isn’t made to face the music, that will be the biggest travesty.

Congressional Republicans, given their idiocy in politicizing Benghazi, cannot touch Hillary’s e-mail issue, making even a special prosecutor out of the question. Which leaves the Justice Department.

For the good of the country, and the rule of law, we can only hope that its officials will act honorably and without favoritism in bringing this case swiftly to fruition.

One of two things is clear: Hillary Clinton exercised horrendously bad judgment, or she broke the law.

And when you’re running for president, an indictment, especially in the court of public opinion, could be the difference between “Madam President,” and being an also-ran.

Chris Freind is an independent columnist, television commentator, and investigative reporter who operates his own news bureau, Freindly Fire Zone Media. Read more reports from Chris Freind — Click Here Now.





 

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We can only hope officials will act honorably and without favoritism. Hillary Clinton exercised horrendously bad judgment, or she broke the law. When you’re running for president, an indictment could be the difference between president and an also-ran.
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