Last week, it was reported that the FBI is growing “increasingly certain” that Hillary Clinton’s unsecure private email server violated the law; and even though FBI Chief James Comey’s investigation is facing significant stonewalling, he’s pushing forward. According to a report from the Los Angeles Times, formal interviews are being set up for Clinton and her aides:
Federal prosecutors investigating the possible mishandling of classified materials on Hillary Clinton’s private email server have begun the process of setting up formal interviews with some of her longtime and closest aides, according to two people familiar with the probe, an indication that the inquiry is moving into its final phases.
Those interviews and the final review of the case, however, could still take many weeks, all but guaranteeing that the investigation will continue to dog Clinton’s presidential campaign through most, if not all, of the remaining presidential primaries.
No dates have been set for questioning the advisors, but a federal prosecutor in recent weeks has called their lawyers to alert them that he would soon be doing so, the sources said. Prosecutors also are expected to seek an interview with Clinton herself, though the timing remains unclear.
The interviews will help determine whether Clinton or her aides “knowingly or negligently discussed classified government secrets over a non-secure email system when she served as secretary of State.” They will also determine whether there is a prosecutable case to be brought against Clinton:
“The interviews are critical to understand the volume of information they have accumulated,” said James McJunkin, former head of the FBI’s Washington field office. “They are likely nearing the end of the investigation and the agents need to interview these people to put the information in context. They will then spend time aligning these statements with other information, emails, classified documents, etc., to determine whether there is a prosecutable case.”
Despite the apparent seriousness of the FBI investigation, however, Clinton — and many legal experts — believe that there’s no legal precedent for a case to be brought against her.