The scathing audit of Hillary Clinton’s use of a basement email server while secretary of state gives cover to the FBI chief as he weighs whether to push for an indictment against the Democratic presidential front-runner.
The 82-page report leaked yesterday — which found Clinton’s hard drive at her New York home broke federal standards and left sensitive material vulnerable to hackers — makes FBI Director James Comey’s recommendation to Attorney General Loretta Lynch that much easier, said GOP consultant Brad Marston.
Republican strategist Ford O’Connell said the report helps the FBI’s decision by establishing whether Clinton’s server was attacked by hackers and whether the former secretary of state did keep all her emails on the server.
“If you’re a neutral arbiter like James Comey, you have to say, ‘Hats off. There’s actual proof,’ ” O’Connell said. “It gives him cover if he wants to pursue charges through the Department of Justice.”
The audit by the inspector general of the State Department said the private server was hacked in January 2011 and had to be shut off.