Just when liberals thought it was over, Hillary Clinton’s email scandal blossoms anew.
The State Department announced Thursday that it was reopening its own investigation into Clinton’s mishandling of classified emails, according to the Associated Press.
The internal investigation won’t lead to criminal charges, but it could lead to a number of administrative penalties, including the possible crippling blow of stripping Clinton and her top aides of their security clearances.
A group of senators led by Marco Rubio is pushing for just that, vowing that if the intelligence community won’t charge Clinton, they will pass a law stripping her of her security credentials.
Without security clearances, Clinton’s presidential campaign would be severely handicapped, perhaps even dead in the water. As a candidate, she would no longer be entitled to the secure intelligence briefings that are normally given to nominees as part of the lead-up to taking control of the Oval Office. As president, it would be impossible to function.
Also, top aides, including Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan and Huma Abedin could lose their security privileges. Mills has been seen as a possible chief of staff in a Clinton Administration, Sullivan is angling, ironically, for national security adviser, and Abedin is Clinton’s right-hand girl and close friend, who could probably write her own ticket if Clinton were to win in November.
Given the display of raw corruption and influence the nation was treated to Tuesday when FBI Director James Comey laid out in excruciating detail how Clinton had lied and met every criteria to be charged with breaking the law in her handling of classified information, then turned around and said he was recommending against indictment because no prosecutor (meaning Attorney General Loretta Lynch) would take the case, many people just assumed that was it, the email case was done and gone.
You would be forgiven for thinking that the State Department’s internal investigation will be no more fruitful than the FBI’s.
However, the mere fact that there is still an investigation, and that it could (even if it’s a longshot) severely weaken a Clinton presidency, means that the issue has not gone away and will likely continue to dog Clinton throughout the remainder of her campaign.
“We will aim to be as expeditious as possible, but we will not put artificial deadlines on the process,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said. “Our goal will be to be as transparent as possible about our results, while complying with our various legal obligations.”
This is fuel and ammunition for Donald Trump to unseat the Democrats’ latest Anointed One. The more the stench of corruption lingers around a Hillary candidacy, the more likely even the seriously obtuse people on the Left will begin to turn to Trump as a better alternative.