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Ed Klein: Bill Clinton Sure 'Witch Hunt' Won't Hurt Hillary's WH Bid

Ed Klein: Bill Clinton Sure 'Witch Hunt' Won't Hurt Hillary's WH Bid
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By    |   Tuesday, 27 October 2015 11:29 AM

Bill Clinton believes no criminal charges will be lodged against Hillary Clinton in the ongoing Justice Department probe into her use of a private email server as secretary of state, best-selling political writer, Edward Klein says.

According to a source close to the Clintons, the former president says he's not worried his wife's handling of sensitive national security documents on her private e-mail system will doom her chances of becoming the Democratic presidential nominee, Klein reports on his blog Ed Klein Confidential.

"Bill is a strategic political thinker and, no matter what happens, he doesn't believe that voters will take this case seriously," the source tells Klein.

"Bill says that even if Hillary is indicted, and even if she has to plead to some charge, the voters won't turn against her.

"Indeed, in Bill's view, the voters will get behind her like they did when he was impeached. They will see it as a political witch-hunt … That's his strategic thinking. Obviously, Bill hopes and believes this thing will go away."

And Klein says Bill Clinton's optimism may not be wrong.

"For instance, Anne M. Tompkins, the highly respected prosecutor who nailed Gen. [David] Petraeus for sharing top-secret documents with his lover, has come out in public and said there is no comparison between the Petraeus and Hillary cases," Klein said.

"Other experts that I've talked to come up with extenuating circumstances that would get Hillary off the hook."

Klein quotes former New Jersey prosecutor Robert Bianchi, who told his blog: "The law says before you can be charged with obstruction of justice or perjury, prosecutors have to show that it was purposeful conduct and that a person did nothing to correct his or her error when they found out about it."

Klein says Attorney General Loretta Lynch has eight lawyers and two prosecutors working with the FBI to determine if Hillary Clinton violated the Federal Records Act, the Freedom of Information Act and federal breach of security acts.

The agency is also looking into obstruction of justice and perjury, according to Klein.

"But the experts I talked to say that before Attorney General Lynch indicted Hillary she would certainly want a very high level of proof against someone running for president," Klein says.

Bianchi tells Ed Klein Confidential: "The prosecutors and the FBI have wide discretion. Even if they believe that technically Hillary Clinton committed a crime, they can make a determination that their proof is not solid enough to prove it before a jury of twelve people."

"What's more, prosecutors don't just bring charges against people unless they can prove ethically and with moral certainty that the government can prove each element beyond a reasonable doubt. And FBI doesn't take chances in bringing cases to trial."

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