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There are very few straight shooters in Washington on the same level as former Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton. Mr. Bolton says it like it is. Over the weekend he was a guest with Aaron Klein on “Aaron Klein” Investigative Radio” a program broadcast in New York and Philadelphia. Klein asked Bolton whether or not he thought Hillary Clinton would ever be indicted on charges related to classified information being sent via her private email server, and Bolton replied:
“I think that the pressure is definitely building,” Bolton responded. “And just take the politics out of this for a second. What Hillary Clinton and her top aides did is not just make a few small violations of laws to protect classified information. They made wholesale violations and they did it for a sustained, indeed for a four-year period.”
So this is a far more serious than what happened to General Petraeus. And it’s one reason why I think that both the FBI and I believe the people in the Justice Department, the prosecutors who would oversee the handling of the case, are moving more and more to the conclusion that serious indictments are warranted here.
Now it’s possible that in this administration that politics can triumph over the legalities. But I think if that does happen, there’s a real risk for Obama and for the Attorney General that the FBI will explode. And a lot of things that we don’t know about, that are not on the public record at the moment, will come on the public record.
It may not be the same thing as firing Archibald Cox (the discharged Special Prosecutor) in the Watergate investigation, but if this potential prosecution is tanked for political reasons, it will be a very loud explosion. And it will stain Obama’s legacy forever. It will damage Loretta Lynch’s professional reputation and I think it will have a profound impact on the presidential election, as well.
That is quite a statement…and Bolton is not the only one saying such things. Insider statements have ranged from Hillary begging the Democratic machine to save her, the Inspectors General of both the State Department and the Intelligence community releasing their findings that are most damning to a major news outlet, to information leaked that a former staffer was a “devastating witness.” None of this sounds good for the former Chicagoan, uh, First Lady, uh, Senator, uh Secretary of State.
In a highly charged presidential election year, if Hillary Clinton is pardoned or otherwise let off by the Obama Administration – any member of it – without a thorough and darn good reason for the dismissal of charges, it’s going to LOOK political. And given that the people in the FBI might explode (or the very least, Jim Comey might resign and take a whole lot of agents with him)….
Stay tuned. This one may be close to boiling over.