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Jeff Weaver: Indictment Can Make It 'Difficult' for Hillary to Stay In

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By    |   Wednesday, 01 Jun 2016 01:23 PM

If Hillary Clinton ends up under indictment following an FBI probe into her use of a private email server, it would make it "difficult" for her to stay in the race, Bernie Sanders's campaign manager Jeff Weaver said Wednesday, but he doesn't believe there is an "indication that's going to happen."

"I think that the IG [Inspector General] report really speaks for itself," Weaver told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program. "Anybody who is interested in it can read it. But look, the process is still going on. There's an FBI investigation going on. I think the State Department proper as opposed to the IG is doing its own investigation, so this has a ways to play out. Let's see where it goes."

According to a new Rasmussen poll, 50 percent of the respondents say Clinton should stay in the race, even if she is charged with a felony, until a court decides if she is guilty or innocent, while 43 percent said she should drop out. Weaver called that a "wild hypothetical" and that he found it hard to believe that someone under indictment would not be able to continue to run, but it would still be "difficult."

"There's no indication that's going to happen, frankly," said Weaver. "You know this race will go on. Sen. Sanders is doing well in California. I think we have an opportunity to win."

Clinton has traveled to California to campaign, and Weaver pointed out that the momentum is "clearly" with Sanders, as polls have him only slightly behind the former secretary of state.

"He's talking to crowds, 10,000, 20,000 people at a time," said Weaver. "We're doing advertising here on the air here in California. I just arrived here in California, but I have to tell you, tremendous amount of energy on the ground for the senator in California."

He also denied contentions made by Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump on Tuesday that the media favors Clinton.

"I think what's outrageous about what Donald Trump did is that he himself has benefited from hours and hours and hours of uninterrupted coverage of his rallies," said Weaver. "He's received I mean probably well in excess of $100 million free coverage from media who just puts his rallies up on the air, hoping he'll say something outrageous. So he's really not in a position to complain about media coverage."

And even if Clinton clinches the nomination, Sanders plans to stay in the race until the convention, said Weaver.

"In the democratic process we have pledged delegates that are elected by people and then the super delegates who are elected officials and party leaders," said Weaver. "Neither candidate will have enough pledged delegates after June 7 to win the nomination. That's just a fact."

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If Hillary Clinton ends up under indictment following an FBI probe into her use of a private email server, it would make it difficult for her to stay in the race, Bernie Sanders's campaign manager Jeff Weaver said Wednesday, but he doesn't believe there is an "indication that's going to happen."
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