Email story won’t end for Clinton

The FBI’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email is this election’s never-ending story.

Just weeks before the Democratic National Convention, the FBI has yet to issue a report on its findings.

It’s been nearly a year since inspectors general from the State Department and federal intelligence agencies referred the case of Clinton’s server to the Justice Department last July.
At the time, officials expressed concern that some of the materials in her private inbox were classified at some level, suggesting possible mishandling of sensitive information.

The issue has dogged Clinton’s presidential campaign ever since, and proven to be reliable ammunition for Donald Trump and other Republicans.

Many watchers expected the investigation to be drawing to a close this spring, when a flurry of reports claimed senior aides had begun sitting down for interviews with FBI agents and federal prosecutors. Government lawyers appeared to be circling around Clinton, with an eye on interviewing the candidate herself.

“I hope that this is close to being wrapped up,” Clinton said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” in May.

But nearly two months later, there have been no reports that an interview with the former top diplomat has taken place.

“I, like other people, am a bit surprised that it hasn’t come to a resolution yet,” said Douglas Cox, a professor at the City of New York School of Law.

He added that within Clinton’s campaign, “I would think internally that there would have to be a little bit of concern.”

Spokespeople for Clinton’s campaign did not to respond to an inquiry from The Hill on Wednesday.

FBI officials have routinely refused to discuss the case, while FBI Director James Comey has repeatedly insisted that his bureau conducts its investigations without regard to the political calendar.

“We want to do it well and we want to do it promptly,” he said last month. “As between the two things, we will always choose ‘well.’”

Clinton survived this week’s release of a Republican-led congressional investigation into Benghazi unscathed, as the report did little to change the narrative surrounding the attack on the Libyan compound, which left four people dead.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), the panel’s chairman, emphasized that the report was a look at the administration as a whole and not Clinton.

With Benghazi now largely in Clinton’s rear-view mirror, the question of whether the FBI could ever indict her over use of a private email server may be the only potential deathblow left for her campaign.

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