Hillary Interviewed by FBI For Violation of Espionage Act

Hillary Clinton’s entire general election campaign strategy has, until now, been to force Donald Trump to defend his character amid accusations of racism, sexism, and xenophobia. Now it looks as if she may be more occupied with defending herself.

No matter how the FBI investigation into the handling of sensitive information on Hillary Clinton’s personal computer server ends, it likely will hurt her presidential bid.

If she is indicted, she will face further questions about her honesty and perhaps even calls for her to step aside. If she isn’t indicted, as many legal experts predict, critics will accuse the Obama administration of letting her escape charges merely because they want her to win the White House.

Clinton was interviewed by the FBI Saturday for three-and-half hours at its headquarters in Washington, according to her campaign, suggesting the inquiry is nearing its end.

“Secretary Clinton gave a voluntary interview this morning about her email arrangements while she was secretary,” Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said in a statement. “She is pleased to have had the opportunity to assist the Department of Justice in bringing this review to a conclusion.”

However it is concluded, events this week underscored anew that Clinton is likely to emerge scarred. A new controversy over the Obama administration’s handling of the case and Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s refusal to hand it over to a special prosecutor far removed from the White House served as a reminder that critics would always say that political favoritism toward Clinton tainted any decision to clear her.

Donald Trump was already poised to receive a major bump in the polls due to the Republican convention scheduled later this month, but this may be enough to put the Republican candidate over the edge.
With Hillary going into her own party’s convention damaged, Donald’s expected rise may be more long-lasting than originally believed.

Source: McClatchy DC



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