Report: Hillary Clinton email investigation reopened — Clinton purportedly offered plea deal

Report: Hillary Clinton email investigation reopened — Clinton purportedly offered plea deal
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's latest interview with National Public Radio covers a broad number of topics. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

A Tuesday report published on conservative website, Newsmax, has many people questioning the validity of claims made against Hillary Clinton and reports that the email server investigation has been reopened.

The article, titled, “Hillary’s Plea Bargain,” was penned by Ed Klein, former New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief, and claimed that not only had the Clinton email investigation been reopened, but that Clinton was offered a plea bargain if she will admit that she “committed a prosecutable crime.”

Klein claimed that the report came from one of Clinton’s attorneys.

From Newsmax:

The Justice Department has reopened the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified material on her private email system while she was secretary of state, and is considering offering her a plea bargain if she will agree to plead guilty to charges of breaking the law, according to a Clinton attorney.

The discussion of a plea bargain took place late last month and was offered by a high-ranking Justice Department official to the Clinton lawyer.

During the exploratory talks with the prosecutor, the Clinton attorney was told that despite former FBI Director James Comey’s decision last July not to prosecute Hillary, the Justice Department has reexamined the email case and believes there are ample grounds for prosecuting Hillary on a number of counts.

Under the Justice Department’s plea offer, Hillary would be required to sign a document admitting that she committed a prosecutable crime. In return, the DOJ would agree not to bring charges against Hillary in connection with the email probe.

Also as part of the agreement, the Justice Department would not proceed with an investigation of Hillary’s pay to play deals with foreign governments and businessmen who contributed to the Clinton Foundation or who paid Bill Clinton exorbitant speaking fees.

The Clinton attorney cautioned that normally a plea is offered by a prosecutor only upon arraignment, and Hillary has not yet been charged with any crime.

Klein on Tuesday also noted that he didn’t think Clinton would take the plea bargain.

Speaking with “America Talks Live’s” Miranda Khan, Klein said, “Sometimes she has trouble admitting that she’s Hillary Clinton, you’re absolutely right. This is a woman who never, ever admits that she did anything wrong.”

“We’ve all seen how she has blamed everybody but herself for her loss in 2016 at the presidential election. So you’re right, I totally agree with you that the chances of her accepting such an offer are practically zero,” he said.

Despite doubling down on his remarks about the Clinton investigation, there seemed to be a discrepancy in communication, because after the article was published, he told Khan that the Department of Justice was “considering” reopening it, not that they had reopened it.

“They are seriously thinking of reopening this investigation and therefore if she doesn’t take the plea agreement, which I agree with you, she almost certainly won’t, I think they will then proceed with this investigation and this is going to drag on for a long time and in a way balance the investigation that’s going on with President Donald Trump and his campaign advisers regarding so-called collusion with the Russians.”

In an opinion piece for CNN, Page Pate writes that James Comey is not primarily responsible for the political mess caused by the recent discovery of more emails that may be relevant to the investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server. These newly uncovered emails were not written, sent or received by Comey. Comey never even knew these emails existed until now. Comey's bosses at the Justice Department reportedly disagreed with him that he should send the letter to Congress about the discovery of the emails, and they think his actions may violate department policies. Two former deputy attorney generals have said his actions are "damaging our democracy." However, even if there is classified information contained in these emails, Pate doesn't expect it will be enough to bring criminal charges against Clinton or her longtime close aide, Huma Abedin. But that doesn't mean the FBI shouldn't do its job and look into them. If the emails are as voluminous as has been told, th