According to reports, the FBI is “ready to indict” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for the way she handled classified information on a private e-mail server during her time as secretary of state, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay said.
“I have friends that are in the FBI, and they tell me they’re ready to indict. They’re ready to recommend an indictment,” DeLay said during an interview for Newsmax TV’s Steve Malzberg Show. “And they also say that if the attorney general does not indict, they’re going public. So one way or another, either she’s gonna be indicted, and that process begins, or we try her in the public eye with her campaign. One way or another, she’s gonna have to face these charges.”
DeLay, who himself was indicted by a grand jury in 2005 and convicted of money laundering and conspiracy in 2010 (a ruling that would be later overturned), reportedly believes the Democratic front-runner will face new scrutiny for her prior e-mail use, however a federal grand jury would be needed to bring charges against Clinton.
“The media’s not gonna be able to ignore this when you got FBI agents and others out there, talking about what they got,” DeLay said.
An inspector general with the intelligence community has said that Clinton used a home server while she served as secretary of state—and some of the classified e-mails found on her server were even more sensitive than top secret.
According to a document obtained by NBC News, e-mails from Clinton’s home server included classified information, including information at a restricted level meant to protect some of the most sensitive U.S. intelligence.
Clinton has repeatedly indicated that none of the information she sent or received while secretary of state was marked classified, and no evidence to date has been found to contradict her claims. However, it has been found that classified information was included in the e-mails, which were sent over unencrypted channels with a risk of being accessed by foreign intelligence agencies.