Webb Hubbell, the former law partner of Hillary Clinton and an assistant attorney general under President Bill Clinton, says it would be "troubling" if the White House interfered with an FBI probe into her use of a private email server for classified government business when she was secretary of state.
Speaking with Newsmax TV's
"The Steve Malzberg Show" on Wednesday, Hubbell said:
"I would find it very troubling if Obama had conversations with the Justice Department about an individual case. There have always been strong lines even when we were at Justice.
"There used to be hard and fast rules that the only people who could have contact with the Justice Department was the White House council. They couldn't even have any contact on individual cases."
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Hubbell was responding to a comment by White House press secretary Josh Earnest who said last week that "based on what we know" it does not look like Clinton will be indicted.
"I'd be surprised if Josh Earnest had conversations with the Justice Department. In fact, disappointed if he did about an individual case," Hubbell said.
The FBI reportedly has been investigating whether any federal laws were broken over Clinton’s use of an unsecured home server and email account. Last week, the State Department announced that 22 emails found on the server were classified as "top secret."
Clinton disagrees and has called for their release.
Hubbell is author of the thrillers "Ginger Snaps"
and the upcoming "Game of Inches,"
both of which feature a sleuthing antitrust lawyer named Jack Patterson.
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