Hillary Clinton was interviewed by the FBI for more than 3 hours on Saturday.
Two questions arise, of course:
1. What next, and
First, if any charges do pend, against anybody, they will be civil, unless somebody lied under oath and wasn't given a chance to amend their statements.
Second, will FBI Director James Comey, if he wants to go full speed ahead, will he face Department of Justice roadblocks, even with AG Loretta Lynch pulling her hands off the process?
Third, can he prove intent, along with at-the-time knowledge that allegedly classified emails were that? Per Vox, sounds tough.
I say Comey probably wants to go 70-80 percent full speed, and that he's got backdoor trap doors to undermine possible DOJ roadbocks. At the same time, he's a tea-leaf reading bureaucrat. And, his independence — I hope it includes independence from RWNJ shit-stirrers like Matthew Whitaker, mentioned in The Hill's take. (Gotta "love" Beltway punditocracy calling his Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust a "watchdog group." It's a wingnut group, and fellow lefty bloggers, as this issue plays out, Google names of individuals and orgs if you have ANY questions or doubts; this will be spun 6 ways from Sunday. The other figure in the piece didn't draw such a hit when I Googled, but, going by Bradley Moss' Twitter account, I'm not quite sure what to think.)
Back to the main angle, though.
I'm no Nate Silver — neither that arrogant nor strangely occasionally clueless — so no percentages.
As general odds, though?
No indictments until after Election Day, if there are any. Per the Vox link above, if Comey doesn't have enough goods at hand by the Democratic Convention, things likely go on ice. That gives less than a month.
No criminal indictments.
No indictments of any sort of Clinton herself.
(Update, 10:30 a.m. Central July 5: And, I was right. Comey just said he saw no "intentional misconduct." He's referred the matter to Justice, but that should make clear that not only will there be no criminal charges, there probably won't even be civil ones. Per my Googling of names above, it's back to the drawing board for right-wing nut jobs. Here's the full FBI statement.)
Brains has more. He's a bit more cynical about Comey than am I; see comments below.
And, most people getting a likely indictment wrong were RWNJs. More here.
That said, if Gen. Betrayus only got a slap-on-the-hand misdemeanor for worse conduct with classified info, IMO, what did you expect from Comey? Blame the system, not a conspiracy.)
That said, the drip, drip, drip will continue, undercutting the claims of Dem surrogates from Dear Leader on down that she's trustworthy.
(Update 2, 1 p.m. Central, July 7. Indeed, that drip, drip, drip will continue. The FBI's head cheese has been "invited" to Capitol Hill to become a grilled Comey sammich.)
She's not. She hasn't been since her killing in Arkansas cattle futures, if not before that.