Three felonies and one misdemeanor loom large in FBI probe.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and key aides are vulnerable to three felony charges and one misdemeanor count under the Espionage Act because of the unauthorized transfer of classified documents to her private email server, former national security and law enforcement officials tell The Daily Caller News Foundation.
As many as 150 FBI agents are deployed on the case and FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch are reportedly meeting twice weekly to discuss the progress of the investigation.
The FBI is reportedly in the “final stages” of its probe and working closely with members of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division to decide if a prosecution goes forward.
Former law enforcement and intelligence officials contacted by TheDCNF agree if there is wrongdoing, it is likely prosecutors will focus on the classified documents.
The most serious charges are felonies cited in Title 18 of the U.S. Code of the Espionage Act in sections 793, 798 and 1001. Experts contacted by TheDCNF say these could serve as the foundation for any criminal prosecution of Clinton or her aides.
The felony charges loom large. “A federal prosecutor would naturally focus first on the most serious allegations: willfully transmitting or willfully retaining Top Secret and Compartmented material using a private server system,” says retired Brig. Gen. Kenneth Bergquist who also served as an assistant attorney general at the Justice Department.“The prosecutor’s charging document would likely include felony counts under 18 U.S. Code, Section 793 and under 18 U.S. Code Section 798 against each transmitting individual as well as separate counts against each receiving and retaining individual,” he told TheDCNF.
Ronald T. Hosko, who enjoyed a 30-year career in the FBI and served as the bureau’s assistant director for its criminal division until 2014, agrees. He particularly looks at Section 793.
Clinton aides Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin and Jacob Sullivan may be very vulnerable to charges as well.