The Clinton Investigation Enters a Dangerous Phase (New at Reason)

The presumptive Democratic nominee faces a prudent legal but treacherous political decision.


Just as Hillary Clinton seems likely to confirm

Hillary Clinton

her long-held status as the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, the FBI investigation into her use of a private email server for official State Department business is reaching its penultimate phase. 

The former Secretary of State has repeatedly insisted she can't wait to speak with federal investigators, but Andrew Napolitano argues, Clinton faces a potential "perjury trap" if she agrees to be interviewed by the FBI without knowing what potentially incriminating evidence they have amassed. As Martha Stewart can attest, lying to federal investigators is a crime, and even an unwitting misstep can be prosecuted.

But, if Clinton declines to be interviewed, which Napolitano describes as "a prudent legal but treacherous political decision," the fallout could be disastrous for her presidential campaign prospects.