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FBI ‘ready to indict’ Hillary Clinton, Tom Delay says

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016, 9:11 AM

The FBI is “ready to indict” Hillary Clinton for her handling of classified information on a private email server during her time as Secretary of State, former House Majority Leader Tom Delay said.

“I have friends that are in the FBI, and they tell me they’re ready to indict, they’re ready to recommend an indictment,” Delay said during an interview for Newsmax TV’s “Steve Malzberg Show.” “And they also say that if the attorney general does not indict, they’re going public. So one way or another, either she’s gonna be indicted, and that process begins, or we try her in the public eye with her campaign. One way or another, she’s gonna have to face these charges.”

Despite the Texas Republican’s assertions, the FBI itself cannot present an indictment on its own — a federal grand jury would be needed to bring charges against Clinton.

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Delay should be familiar with the legal system, as a grand jury indicted him in 2005 on a campaign finance charge. He was convicted of money laundering and conspiracy in 2010, but that conviction was later overturned.

Now a Washington Times radio host, Delay believes the Democratic front-runner for the 2016 nomination is going to face new scrutiny for her prior email use.

“The media’s not gonna be able to ignore this when you got FBI agents and others out there, talking about what they got,” Delay added.

Clinton used a home server while she served as Secretary of State — and some of the classified emails found on her server were even more sensitive than top secret, an inspector general for the intelligence community has said.

Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic presidential candidate, has faced criticism for her email use during her time as Secretary of State.JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

Hillary Clinton, the leading Democratic presidential candidate, has faced criticism for her email use during her time as Secretary of State.

Federal investigators are probing the Democratic presidential candidate’s email setup amid concerns that classified information may have passed through the system. Clinton provided the server to the FBI in August.

She has said she didn’t send or receive information that was classified at the time via her personal email account.

The State Department is under court order to release the 55,000 emails that Clinton submitted to her former agency that were on her home-brew server and were not personal. Almost all have been released, with the last batch expected Jan. 29 — but the State Department asked a federal court for a one-month extension, citing a complex review of some messages across different agencies of the government.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner has said the department wouldn’t be able to meet its court-mandated goal. Less than 10,000 of 55,000 pages are left, but Toner said those remaining “contain a large amount of material that required interagency review.”

The department will make public as many as possible this week, he said, but is asking for the final deadline to be pushed back until Feb. 29.

“State Department staff have been working extremely hard to process these emails, and we are committed to getting them out,” Toner said. “The court’s goal for this month’s production represented the largest number of pages to date. The remaining emails are also the most complex to process.”

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Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay says the FBI is "ready to recommend an indictment" for Hillary Clinton.Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call,Inc.

Former House Majority Leader Tom Delay says the FBI is “ready to recommend an indictment” for Hillary Clinton.

Lawyers for journalist Jason Leopold objected to the State Department’s request for a delay, filing an appeal in U.S. District Court opposing the extension request.

Some of the most contentious emails haven’t yet been published. They include two that an intelligence community auditor says are “top secret” and others he claims are even more sensitive, containing information from so-called special access programs. Such programs suggest the emails could reveal details about intelligence sources.

The State Department says no emails published so far contained material with “top secret” information or any material that was marked classified at the time. The issue has nagged at Clinton’s presidential campaign, with the FBI said to be examining in some capacity.

Toner said the delay in publication isn’t the result of “ongoing discussion about classification” that has been made public recently. He said he couldn’t comment further on ongoing litigation.

Clinton exclusively used a private email account and a home server during her time in government. She said this was a decision made out of convenience and has denied doing anything wrong.

An extension would push the complete publication of Clinton’s emails past several of the earliest primary contests, including the key states of Iowa and New Hampshire. If they come out instead on Feb. 29, it would be a day before the critical Super Tuesday primaries.

With News Wire Services

dgood@nydailynews.com


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