Reason why the very punishable offenses committed by Hillary and colleagues will go unpunished…
But by itself, it’s not likely to result in any indictments. The reason: the statute of limitations is just about up on most of the infractions anyone could be charged with (including the likeliest and most straightforward one, “Unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material,” 18 USC 1942).* The general limitation for non-capital federal offenses, of the kind Hillary Clinton or Huma Abedin might have been indicted for in the matter of their emails, is five years.
What matters about the new investigations into Hillary Clinton
This week, fresh investigations (or inquiries; at least one set of them is not being dubbed an “investigation”) have reportedly been launched into both the Hillary Clinton email “matter” and the operations of the Clinton Foundation.
The “fresh look” at Hillary’s emails seems to be couched in slightly odd terms. We’ll get to that in a moment.
The renewed probe of the Clinton Foundation appears to be straightforward. Hillary’s not getting an “HQ special” with this one, if we go by John Solomon’s article at The Hill on 4 January 2018. The investigation is being done by FBI agents in Arkansas, where the Foundation was started. They are reported to have already interviewed at least one witness.
The officials, who spoke only on condition of anonymity, said the probe is examining whether the Clintons promised or performed any policy favors in return for largesse to their charitable efforts or whether donors made commitments of donations in hopes of securing government outcomes.
The probe may also examine whether any tax-exempt assets were converted for personal or political use and whether the foundation complied with applicable tax laws, the officials said.