FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers Friday the bureau is reviewing new emails related to Hillary Clinton’s personal server, a development that shook her campaign 11 days before the election.
The emails being examined are part of an investigation into Anthony Weiner, according to law enforcement sources. Weiner, the disgraced former congressman, recently separated from top Clinton aide Huma Abedin after a sexting incident.
The FBI and the New York Police Department have opened preliminary investigations of allegations that the former New York Democratic congressman exchanged sexually explicit text messages with a purportedly underage girl.
And you thought this election couldn’t get weirder.
OK, let’s review what’s not going on here. The FBI is not reopening the investigation because the investigation was never really closed. We have no idea what the contents of these e-mails are. They could be critical; they could be nothing. Clinton is not going be indicted, at least not in the next 11 days.
(Update: Pete Williams of NBC says this involves a handful of e-mails, none of which are from Clinton.)
If I had to guess where this is going, I would say it leads to Abedin or someone else taking a fall. This is the pattern of the Clintons: they break the law, someone else pays the consequences. With Whitewater, it was Jim Guy Tucker and the McDougals. With the Lewinsky scandal, it was Lewinsky herself. I’ve been waiting to see who the Clintons would throw under the bus or command to fall on their sword. I think this is another step toward that endgame. And the endgame is likely someone like Abedin taking a plea.
Update: My proposal to resolve Election 2016. Republicans vote for Clinton to get rid of Trump; then Democrats vote to impeach Clinton to get rid of her. Result: President Kaine.