Asked during a recent Democratic debate if she would step aside if indicted for mishandling classified information on her private email server, Hillary Clinton replied:
"Oh for goodness ... that's not going to happen. I'm not even answering that question."
Well, she better get ready to answer that question, because the investigation of Hillary's email scandal is reaching a climax.
My sources tell me that the Justice Department is close to empaneling a grand jury and deciding whether to grant statutory immunity to Huma Abedin, Hillary's closest adviser.
That would force Huma to testify under oath and face perjury charges and jail time if she lies. I'm also told that Hillary herself will most likely be forced to testify.
That things have gotten this far in the investigation indicates that FBI director James Comey is moving inexorably toward recommending to Attorney General Loretta Lynch that Hillary be indicted.
My sources say the likelihood is that Lynch will not make that decision herself. Instead, she'll probably appoint a special counsel to make the decision. That will get the Obama administration off the hook and avoid charges of a conflict of interest or, even worse, obstruction of justice.
Thus nervous Democrats face the following 5 questions:
1. Could Hillary run for president if she is under criminal indictment?
2. Would she step down voluntarily?
3. Could the Democratic Party make her step down?
4. Who would take her place as the party's presidential standard-bearer?
5. And would all this increase the chances of a Republican victory at the polls?
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