Hillary Isn’t Out of the Legal Woods Yet
BY EDWARD KLEIN/ December 6, 2016
Although Donald Trump signaled he didn’t intend to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Hillary Clinton, knowledgeable sources tell me that Hillary is far from out of the legal woods.
And, these sources add, it’s Hillary’s own fault that she’s still in trouble.
Trump tried to be magnanimous toward his vanquished adversary. “I don’t want to hurt [the Clintons],” he said in an interview with Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes. “They’re good people. I don’t want to hurt them.”
But Trump was irate when sore-loser Hillary joined forces with Green Party candidate Jill Stein and asked for a recount in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
Now, Trump is listening to a chorus of vengeful Republicans who don’t want to let Hillary skate on her use of a private email server and her pay-to-play conflict of interest with the Clinton Foundation.
A sure sign that Trump is reconsidering his position came when he announced he was asking the renowned prosecutor Preet Bharara to stay on as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.
As I reported in my recent New York Times bestseller Guilty As Sin, Bharara, who has specialized in rooting out public corruption, is a close friend of James Comey, the director of the FBI, who still has an open criminal investigation of the Clinton Foundation.
Bharara’s jurisdiction extends to Chappaqua, New York, where Hillary stashed her home brew email server. And Bharara and Comey have discussed the Hillary email case on several occasions.
“If Bharara agrees to prosecute the Hillary case,” I wrote, “he could bring it to the chief judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She would assign the case to one of the Southern District’s forty-four judges, who in turn would then empanel a grand jury either in Manhattan or in White Plains, the county seat and commercial hub of Westchester County. The jury would decide whether the case against Hillary should go to trial.”