Just when Hillary Clinton appeared to finally be barreling toward the Democratic nomination, the Washington Post and New York Times report that her email scandal is growing even more serious. Remember the staffer who she hired to set up her rules-violated, unsecure private email server who invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self incrimination? He’s been granted immunity by the feds, in exchange for his cooperation in this ongoing, expanded criminal investigation.
In addition to the F.B.I. investigation, there are continuing inquiries into Mrs. Clinton’s emails by the inspector general of the State Department, the inspector general of the intelligence agencies, the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security and the House Select Committee on Benghazi.
Mrs. Clinton has lied to the public and the press about this situation repeatedly. She’d better get her story straight before she sits down with the FBI. Some of the quotes in these stories can be interpreted as subtle attempts to tamp down expectations of an indictment, or at least to take pains to avoid fueling a political fire. Are these sources just being sensitive to the electoral context to all of this, or might we see warring leaks over the next several days, as we’ve seen in the past? What do you think?