… and a couple of other pivotal questions.
Disclaimer: I’m not an attorney and don’t offer legal advice …. just personal opinions and an occasional fact!
1) To Hillary: Will you accept the results of the election?
Of course, she has to answer to the affirmative since she blasted Trump for insinuating that the election might be rigged.
Funny when the shoe is on the other foot …
But, you can bet that she’ll fight the results tooth-and-nail if she loses.
2) To Hillary: Will you accept the FBI’s decision to indict (or not)?
Likely answer: I’ll continue to cooperate with the FBI, and will continue to vigorously defend my innocence.
3) Legal question: Once elected, can Clinton be indicted?
Not as straightforward as it sound.
According to former Judge Andrew Napolitano (Libertarian, Fox contributor, matriculated at Princeton when I was there):
Civil actions against a President can be pursued during a President’s tenure (e.g. Paula Jones vs. Bill Clinton), but criminal charges are suspended until a President leaves office.
My read: If elected, she can be indicted between now and Inauguration Day …. but, after being sworn in, she can’t be indicted until she leaves office … either voluntarily or involuntarily (2-terms, voted out or impeached)
4) To Hillary: If elected and then indicted, will you pardon yourself?
It is her legal right to pardon herself, whether or not an indictment is handed down.
That is, she can pro-actively issue a pardon to herself to stop proceedings and avert a prospective indictment.
Of course, such a pardon is likely to cause political repercussions, hinder her Presidency and taint her legacy.
5) To Hillary: If elected and then indicted, will you resign?
Answer: “You gotta be kidding”
6) To Obama: Will you pardon Clinton and her posse?
Likely answer: I have faith in their innocence and the legal system … blah, blah, blah.
Real answer: Of course I will.
7) To Obama: If you do pardon Clinton, when will you do it?
My bet: 4 scenarios ….
If Trump takes a sizable lead in the next couple of days, Obama will do nothing and hang Hillary out to dry.
If Hillary takes a lead, Obama will count on the Dem turnout machine and do nothing … until the election is complete.
If Trump takes a significant lead, Obama will swing for the fences and pardon her this week “for the good of the country”.
If Hillary gets elected, Obama will immediately pardon her … again, “for the good of the country”.
If Hillary doesn’t get elected, she’s on her own.
8) Legal question: Can Congress continue to investigate emailgate regardless of the FBI decision or results of the election?
You bet … a GOP controlled Congress will continue to dog Clinton if she gets elected … but let it drop if Trump wins.
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