Email scandal-plagued Hillary Clinton is reportedly getting some ominous advice from a longtime and trusted legal adviser: Lawyer-up. Edward Klein, author of "Unlikeable: The Problem with Hillary,"
writes on his website.
The unnamed confidante suggests Clinton hire a criminal defense lawyer in case she's indicted for mishandling classified documents on her private email server, and for allegedly lying under oath.
"This e-mail thing is spiraling out of control," the Clinton adviser tells Klein. "To paraphrase John Dean of Watergate fame, it’s a cancer on her candidacy. Frankly, I am used to my advice on legal matters being taken very seriously and acted upon by the Clintons."
"I’ve told them repeatedly that this FBI e-mail investigation could go in a very dangerous direction very quickly," he adds, according to Klein. "But Hillary is still acting as though it’s a political smear job by right-wing zealots."
The adviser tells Klein that Justice Department prosecutors expect the FBI probe on the case to wrap up as soon as the end of this year. "Hillary needs to secure the services of an expert legal counsel—preferably a big-league defense attorney from the Republican side of the aisle," the adviser tells Klein. "She needs someone to find out whether the FBI and Justice Department are likely to conclude that she’s violated federal laws governing national security."
He also notes joking about the issue hasn't helped her case. "By joking about her email problem and treating it like a PR issue, she’s only hurting herself, maybe mortally, with the prosecutors," Klein quotes the adviser saying. "Insulting career FBI and Justice Department investigators is a very bad and ill-advised strategy. You don’t want to be blindsided. And if you ignore it, pretend it is a partisan ploy, and act scornfully, it will blindside you."
"There is going to be blood in the water," the adviser warns. "The investigators are looking for weak links to get to the bottom of what went on with Hillary’s national security emails. And I’m afraid they will find it.”
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