Monday brought even more bad news for the Hillary Clinton campaign when news broke that the Federal Bureau of Investigations confirmed that her use of a private email server is still under investigation. The letter was filed in federal court Monday by a top FBI official. The letter disclosed what has previously been an open-secret.
If you have followed this never-ending saga you may recall back in August when the FBI told the State Department they could neither confirm or deny whether or not there was an investigation. Which of course, usually means yes.
People in Clinton’s camp and even Clinton herself may claim this is another part of a Republican witch-hunt but it should be noted that the FBI’s general counsel, James Baker has ties to the Clintons. He notes that in public statements and congressional testimony, the FBI “has acknowledged generally that it is working on matters related to former Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server.”
Baker goes on to say the FBI has not, “publicly acknowledged the specific focus, scope or potential targets of any such proceedings.”
He finishes the one-paragraph letter by stating that the FBI cannot say more “without adversely affecting on-going law enforcement efforts.”
The letter was filed in one of the Freedom of Information Act cases brought against the State Department over access to documents from Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state. This one was filed by Judicial Watch.
Baker joined the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice as a federal prosecutor during the Clinton administration and has often testified before Congress on behalf of the Clinton and Bush administration’s intelligence policies.
While many have suspected that this will be swept under the rug by the Obama administration, Attorney General Loretta Lynch reaffirmed that the FBI’s probe into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state is free of outside political influence.
She told The Associated Press on Monday that the FBI investigation is independent and is being conducted by career lawyers looking at the facts and evidence.