Wednesday, Al Jazeera America dropped a bombshell on the election news cycle. The FBI may interview Hillary about her email server within days. The interview is significant primarily because it’s one of the last steps in an investigation that has taken over a year. It will also determine whether Clinton will be exonerated or indicted for the scandal. According to Mediaite, David Shuster of AJAM broke the story during their 7:00 PM EST broadcast and had this to say about the case:
‘While Hillary Clinton fights for the Democratic presidential nomination, law enforcement officials tell Al Jazeera America the Federal Investigation into her personal email system while she was Secretary of State has reached a critical stage.
‘The FBI, led by Director James Comey, has now finished examining Clinton’s private emails and home server. And the sources add that Comey’s FBI team has been joined by the Justice Department prosecutors. Together, they are now examining the evidence, analyzing relevant laws, and attempting to arrange interviews with key figures in the investigation.
‘Those interviews, according to attorneys, will include former State Department aides Philippe Reines, Former Clinton Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, and Clinton herself.
‘Soon after those interviews — in the next few days and weeks — officials expect Director Comey to make his recommendation to Attorney General Loretta Lynch about potential criminal charges.’
Laypeople who don’t understand electronic security are probably really confused about this topic. Most people probably don’t get why this issue is so serious. It all comes down to two things. Security, and accountability.
This article on Slate.com does a great job of explaining the problem.
‘For the four years she was secretary of state, Clinton never used an official state.gov email address. Instead, she relied exclusively on a private email account housed on her own personal server to conduct her government business. Those facts went unnoticed—or at least unaddressed—by the State Department until this past summer, when agency officials were responding to a request for documents from congressional investigators and realized they couldn’t find a single email to or from a Clinton government email address.’
Clinton deliberately created a server that permitted her full control over the confidentiality of her correspondence. When the State Department made a request for her emails, her representatives were able to turn over about 30,000 pages, deleted roughly another 30,000, then wiped the server clean. Her story about whether classified information was sent or received through the server has changed several times, with no way for the State Department to confirm or deny it. Perhaps most seriously of all, we actually know her private email server was hacked and sensitive data was leaked.
Clinton has served as a Senator, First Lady, Secretary of State, and two-time Presidential candidate, and may well be the most qualified candidate to come along in the last hundred years.
For her part, she admits that she made a mistake in setting up her own private email server, but denies she did anything illegal.
That means that within days, we may have one of two outcomes; either Hillary Clinton will be exonerated and her detractors forced to look elsewhere for opportunities to discredit her, or she will be indicted, and those detractors’ suspicions will be confirmed. In other words, it’s no exaggeration to say that the fate of the entire presidential election hangs in the balance.