The ongoing federal probe of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server could pose political and legal repercussions, experts said — including the possibility of criminal charges against the former secretary of state deep into the general election campaign cycle.
FBI officials have declined to discuss specifics about the ongoing investigation, including its timeline. But a former investigator said that a decision on whether to recommend criminal charges against Clinton or her aides could come later this year — regardless of the election.
GOP strategist Ford O’Connell said the ongoing probe, even without a criminal charge, could turn independent voters off of Clinton.
“Even if she isn’t indicted, in a general election you are talking about a very small number of voters deciding” a close race, O’Connell said.
“It comes down to how independents feel about it.”