Hillary Clinton's legal adviser warns her: Time to lawyer up
One of the Clintons' oldest and most trusted legal advisers has urged Hillary to hire a criminal defense attorney to represent her in case she's indicted for mishandling classified documents on her private email server and for lying under oath.
The adviser, who has been a Clinton confidant for more than 30 years, laid out his concerns about Hillary's legal exposure in a wide-ranging interview.
"This email thing is spiraling out of control," he said. "To paraphrase John Dean of Watergate fame, it's a cancer on her candidacy.
"Frankly," he continued, "I am used to my advice on legal matters being taken very seriously and acted upon by the Clintons. I've told them repeatedly that this FBI email investigation could go in a very dangerous direction very quickly.
"I think Bill takes the matter seriously. But Hillary is still acting as though it's a political smear job by right-wing zealots."
In separate phone conversations with Bill and Hillary, the adviser said he warned them that Justice Department prosecutors handling Hillary's case expect the FBI probe to wrap up much sooner than expected — maybe as soon as the end of this year.
His advice to Hillary: Lawyer up now before it's too late. "Hillary needs to secure the services of an expert legal counsel — preferably a big-league defense attorney from the Republican side of the aisle," the adviser said. "She needs someone to find out whether the FBI and Justice Department are likely to conclude that she’s violated federal laws governing national security."
This article appeared at the New York Post.
"During the same years that Hillary was communicating about national security and world affairs off the grid, the Department of Justice has had no qualms threatening news reporters and prosecuting whistleblowers under the Espionage Act."