LIFEZETTE — The investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server — on which she sent and received now-classified information — is winding down, leading some to wonder just what exactly could happen at the end of the circus.
The Clintons typically come out of scandals unscathed or with just a slap on the wrist, but the magnitude of this situation should not be ignored. Few expect the Department of Justice (the agency tasked with deciding whether to act if the FBI finds Clinton guilty of wrongdoing) to do anything. After all, President Obama installed the attorney general, and 228 of the department’s employees have donated nearly $75,000 to Clinton’s campaign. As a result, some watchdog groups, including Citizens United, have called upon Attorney General Loretta Lynch to appoint a special counsel to handle Clinton’s case.
In a March hearing on Capitol Hill, Lynch alluded to the fact that the law doesn’t require the DOJ to pursue criminal charges against Clinton — even if the FBI recommends it. However, the duty falls to the DOJ to ultimately file charges.
So, if pigs learn to fly and the DOJ does, in fact, impose a punishment on Clinton, what are the options?