Tiefer: Pace of email investigation bodes well for Clinton

Professor Charles Tiefer, in a May 7 column for Forbes.com, listed 10 reasons why reports that Hillary Clinton will be interviewed soon by the FBI and investigators from the Eastern District of Virginia point to positive developments for the leading Democratic presidential candidate.

The investigation concerns Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

Tiefer cited reports from CBS News and The Washington Post.

The dispatch of the investigation bodes well for Clinton, Tiefer wrote: “[The inquiry] is not meandering around, it is not hitting delays.”

Moreover, he said, the investigation’s steady advance indicates that allegations hinting at a “gigantic” case were overblown:

“Early on, ominous numbers were thrown around suggesting a gigantic case. … The progress toward interviewing her confirms that the allegations were always overstated.”

Tiefer also said the professionalism of the investigators was a boon to Clinton: “Thankfully, they are not out to score points like, say, a House Republican committee.”

While acknowledging that being interviewed by the FBI and investigators from the Eastern District of Virginia (E.D. Va.) would be “no picnic,” Tiefer said Clinton’s sang froid throughout a day of questioning by the House Benghazi committee in October 2015 showed she could stand up to “rough treatment.”

“The FBI and the E.D. Va. are the most professional and experienced in this business,” Tiefer wrote. “But in the end, the evidence and the facts will determine the result. Which makes this good news.”

Before joining the University of Baltimore School of Law faculty in 1995, Tiefer served as solicitor and deputy general counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives for 11 years.

Learn more about Professor Tiefer.

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