Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will not survive the email scandal swirling around her presidential campaign, a former federal prosecutor said Tuesday.
Joe DiGenova, founding partner of the Washington, D.C., law firm diGenova & Toensing, said on “The Laura Ingraham Show” that federal law enforcement investigators have amassed too much evidence of crimes not to act.
“Her biggest problem right now is the FBI,” he said. “They’re not going away. They have reached a critical mass in their investigation of the secretary and all of her senior staff.”
Clinton,t he Democrat’s presidential front-runner, has been under investigation for months over her handling of classified information in emails that she stored on a private server.
DiGenova said he expects the situation to come to a head in the next 60 days.
“I predict that Hillary will not make it to the finish line,” he said. “She’s not going to be able to complete her campaign.”
DiGenova pointed to reports that more than 1,200 emails turned over so far by the State Department contained classified information.
“And that’s just the ones that we know about from the State Department,” he said, pointing to deleted emails the FBI is trying to recover.
For Clinton to actually face criminal charges, though, it will take more than preferences of the FBI. It will require a green light from Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
“She has definitely made false statements under oath, both in interviews and on Capitol Hill,” diGenova said. “There is no way (FBI agents) walk away from this. They’re going to make a recommendation that people be charged. And then Loretta Lynch is going to have a decision of a lifetime.”
And if Lynch takes a pass for political reasons? DiGenova said that would spark a “revolt” within the FBI that the attorney general could not survive.
“It will be like Watergate,” he said.
DiGenova said a failure to move forward would widen a chasm between the administration and the intelligence and defense communities.
“There is vitriol of an intense amount developing,” he said. “You can hear it in your conversations with people in the intelligence community. They will fight to the death if the attorney general attempts to bury this case. It’s going to be very, very ugly for her, and it’s going to be an awful ending for the Obama administration.”