Constitutional crisis on the horizon?
A constitutional and religious freedom firm believes the decision by FBI Director James Comey to reopen the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server could lead to a constitutional crisis.
On the campaign trail Monday, Clinton reiterated she’s “not making excuses” for using her personal email address while secretary of state. And she claimed that the FBI will reach the same conclusion it reached in July, when it declined to prosecute her for her handling of classified information.
Donald Trump doesn’t agree with that assessment, insisting that Clinton “is likely to be under investigation for a very long time.” Trump surrogate Dr. Ben Carson agrees, stating on FOX News that “without question, we’ll be bogged down in a quagmire of litigation” that would be “much more intense” than the Watergate investigation or the impeachment of Bill Clinton.
Even longtime Clinton supporter Doug Schoen says he’s “actively reassessing” his support for the former secretary of state because – like others – he’s “concerned that we’ll have a constitutional crisis if she’s elected.”
Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice, also believes the reopening of the investigation is very significant – even beyond the effect it could have on the election.
“We do believe … not only the impact it may or may not have on the presidential election, but in the time period between the election and the inauguration that we could be on the precipice of what could potentially be a constitutional crisis,” he tells OneNewsNow.
“[We feel that way] because we know just from questions people have had in the last 24 to 48 hours – Who can be pardoned? When can they be pardoned? What would happen if Hillary Clinton did win and then they tried to prosecute?“
According to Sekulow, this could be the single-most damaging blow that Clinton could suffer this close to the election. He argues, in fact, that it would be “fatal” for almost any campaign.
“She’s already going to have a tough time with turnout,” he offers. “If Donald Trump is victorious [next] Tuesday night in states that have shown to be very close in the polls, I think you could point to this as one of the reasons why.”
According to RealClearPolitics, Colorado (nine electoral votes) has moved from “leans Clinton” to “toss up” since the FBI’s announcement. Texas, with its 38 electoral votes, moved from a toss-up state to “leans Trump.” Pennsylvania (20 votes) moved from “toss up” to “leans Clinton.”
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