Members of the mainstream media -- like a former NY Times editor who asked why Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server to receive and disseminate classified information is "a big deal" -- have downplayed the current FBI investigation into the Democrat frontrunner. But a new report in the NY Post asserts that FBI chief James Comey and his team of investigators are "increasingly certain that presidential nominee Hillary Clinton violated laws in handling classified government information through her private email server."
The report states that while many are eagerly awaiting Comey's push for charges to be leveled against Clinton, he faces a formidable opponent in the Obama White House. After all, the president believes Hillary Clinton will carry his torch once he steps down, so why would he wish to derail that opportunity?
With this in mind, the Post reports that federal agents are spreading the word, through the private sector, that Comey is being stonewalled:
...agents have been spreading the word, largely through associates in the private sector, that their boss is getting stonewalled, despite uncovering compelling evidence that Clinton broke the law.
Exactly what that evidence is — and how and when it was uncovered during Comey’s months-long inquiry — has not been disclosed. For the record, the FBI had no comment on the matter, and government sources say no final decision has been made.
Clinton denies she did anything wrong, claiming she had no idea she was getting classified information (a violation of federal law) on her private server during her years as Obama’s secretary of state because the documents she received contained no such headings.
And as FBI director, Comey can only recommend charges to the hacks in the Obama Justice Department. Indeed, many law enforcement officials who know the FBI chief and the bureau’s inner workings believe the evidence would have to be overwhelming for Comey to even recommend charges, much less for DOJ to pursue them.
Some FBI staff, according to the Post, suggest that Comey might be compelled to quit in protest if the Justice Department brushes off his recommendation to pursue criminal charges against Clinton:
Just how close Comey is to any recommendation — whether to indict or exonerate Clinton — is difficult to know. But agents believe the probe is nearing an end. A State Department staffer who set up Clinton’s email server, for instance, was recently granted immunity from prosecution to provide Comey’s team with evidence.
“You don’t start granting people close to Clinton immunity unless you are seriously looking at charges against your target,” one former official told me.
I’m also told Comey and his team increasingly doubt Clinton’s story. Most officials know private email servers are easier to hack into than secure government servers. They also know that even documents not labeled “classified” may be top secret.
That’s why they’re supposed to be sent only through government accounts. Those who don’t follow those rules, like former CIA Director David Petraeus, have faced consequences.
Indeed Petraeus did, and for far less.
This is nothing new for the Clintons, however, who've always operated as if they are above the law. And now, with a former foe-turned-ally in the White House, they might end up being just that.