While Hillary Clinton – the 2016 front-running Democratic presidential candidate – has currently quit talking about her private emails on her home server after believing she performed well at the congressional hearing last month, Fox News reported on Thursday that her problems are far from over. Clinton has made two somewhat startling though quiet headlines in the past 24 hours regarding her email troubles. Each of the news items would obviously be unwanted by any political candidate, let alone someone who is considered possibly the strongest of presidential contenders at this time.
First, the UPI reported on Friday that the former secretary of state and former first lady acted illegally or unethically by having used a private email server to do her governmental business during her time in the Obama administration’s state department, according to most Americans. The data comes from a new poll conducted by the McClatchy-Maris poll. The results of the poll released Thursday say that 40 percent of Americans felt her actions were unethical but legal while another 28 percent believe her actions were illegal. Less than one-third of the nearly 1,500 respondents think she didn’t do anything wrong as only 27 percent of the polled persons stated as such. The poll was conducted recently, from Oct. 29 through Nov. 4 via landline phones and cellphones. The margin of error was 2.6 percent. More important than more than two-thirds of persons – and potential voters – polled believing she did something wrong or unethical, the FBI still believes she has done a great deal wrong in relation to the private emails on her home server.
Clinton still has the Federal Bureau of Investigation of which to be very concerned. It was reported on Thursday that the FBI is now expanding its probe of Clinton’s emails with FBI agents looking into whether multiple statements violate a federal false statements statue. The agents are investigating U.S. Code 18, Section 1001 which refers to materially false statements given either in written form, oral form, or through a third party. Obviously, in the lengthy hearings and while out campaigning, Clinton has said a lot in the past and it is all be scrutinized for truth’s sake. Violations of the federal code include pressuring a third party to conspire in a cover-up. It is already known that she has had communications regarding the emails and Benghazi situations with many persons via her scandalous emails. Each such violation is a felony and could give her five years in prison. Beyond this concern for Clinton, the FBI is also looking into potential violations of an Espionage Act provision of the law which conjoins to gross negligence in handling national defense information. It has already been determined that Clinton transmitted a huge number of classified information emails on her private server and that foreign countries attempted hack the server – which could and many say should equate to negligent handling of national defense information. The FBI probe is extremely vigilant, as an unidentified agent asserted, “The agents involved are under a lot of pressure and are busting ass.” Amid it all, Clinton continues to campaign for president.
During this incredibly bad time for Clinton, there are many Americans who are constantly reminded of the political crime stories of more than 40 years ago. Former President Richard M. Nixon’s situation was much the same. While apparently knowing he was caught, Nixon continued to campaign throughout the Watergate concerns which led to his second-term presidency being incredibly engulfed in no more than talk of crime, his failing defense of crime, and his ultimate demise and resignation.