Despite what would appear to be mounting evidence against her, many of us fear former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will escape indictment. Of course, she is a Clinton. And, in this case, she has the added security of her ultimate fate resting in the hands of the Obama administration. The administration has done its part to stonewall — delaying the release of pertinent emails, for example, over and over again — and made clear its support for Hillary Clinton as president.Many of us have all but expected the FBI to recommend indictment, only for Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch to turn around and overrule them. Her private meeting with former president Bill Clinton only served to stoke those fears.
But today — perhaps under pressure over the bi-partisan fury surrounding her meeting with the former president — Attorney General Lynch plans to make a stunning announcement.As The New York Times reports:
Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch plans to announce on Friday that she will accept whatever recommendation career prosecutors and the F.B.I. director make about whether to bring charges related to Hillary Clinton’s personal email server, a Justice Department official said. Her decision removes the possibility that a political appointee will overrule investigators in the case.
The Justice Department had been moving toward such an arrangement for months — officials said in April that it was being considered — but a private meeting between Ms. Lynch and former President Bill Clinton this week set off a political furor and made the decision all but inevitable.
Republicans said the meeting, which took place at the Phoenix airport, had compromised the independence of the investigation as the F.B.I. was winding it down. Some called for Ms. Lynch to recuse herself, but she did not take herself off the case — one that could influence a presidential election.
Ms. Lynch has said she wants to handle the Clinton investigation like any other case. Since the attorney general often follows the recommendations of career prosecutors, Ms. Lynch is keeping the regular process largely intact.
She plans to discuss the matter at a conference in Aspen, Colo., on Friday. The Justice Department declined to comment. The official who confirmed the discussion did so on the condition of anonymity because the internal decision-making process is normally kept confidential.
The F.B.I. is investigating whether Mrs. Clinton, her aides or anyone else broke the law by setting up a private email server for her to use as secretary of state. Internal investigators have concluded that the server was used to send classified information, and Republicans have seized on the matter to question Mrs. Clinton’s judgment.
Her reassurance that she will not overrule her investigators is significant. When the F.B.I. sought to bring felony charges against David H. Petraeus, the former C.I.A. director, for mishandling classified information and lying about it, Mr. Holder stepped in and reduced the charge to a misdemeanor. That decision created a deep — and public — rift.
The F.B.I. is expected to make a recommendation to the Justice Department in the coming weeks, though agents have yet to interview Mrs. Clinton. While some legal experts said they believed that criminal indictments in the case were unlikely, the investigation continues to cast a shadow over Mrs. Clinton’s presidential campaign.
So, this appears to be good news, yes? There’s still the matter of President Obama, of course, who has endorsed Hillary Clinton and is even hitting the campaign trail with her.
Could it be all of that is a ruse to feign support for Hillary — of whom Obama has not been known to be fond? Play the part of supporting her, while letting justice take its course — and then throwing in someone like Vice President Joe Biden to step in and take her place in the race? Someone whom President Obama has utmost confidence will carry on his legacy…
We should start to understand more in the coming weeks, as the FBI should be presenting its recommendation. In any case, it’s not over until the generously-proportioned lady in the orange pantsuit sings.
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]