Now that FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch have given Hillary Clinton a pass on her email scandal this week, all eyes are now turning to her former primary opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders. Will he endorse her or not?
It’s been a roller-coaster week for everyone involved with the scandal — including for the American public.
Former President Bill Clinton — the former secretary of state’s husband — met with Lynch for more than 30 minutes, and allegedly talked about grandchildren and golf.
Following that meeting, Lynch announced she would defer the decision of whether to indict Clinton to the FBI.
On Saturday, FBI agents questioned Clinton for three-and-a-half hours — the final step in its investigation.
On Tuesday, Comey announced his decision recommending no prosecution of the former secretary.
That same day Clinton appeared at a North Carolina campaign event after having traveled together with President Obama on Air Force One.
Finally, Lynch announced that she would follow the FBI’s recommendation not to prosecute.
All that’s left now is an endorsement from Sen. Bernie Sanders — and it looks as though it won’t be long in coming.
Late last month Sanders said he would vote for Clinton in November.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 24, 2016
“We have got to do everything that we can to defeat Donald Trump and elect Hillary Clinton,” he said on MSNBC. “:I don’t honestly know how we would survive four years of a Donald Trump as president.”
But voting for her isn’t quite the same as an endorsement.
On Wednesday, the day after the FBI announced it wasn’t recommending that charges be filed against Clinton, Sanders confirmed rumors suggesting that an endorsement would more-than-likely be forthcoming.
Some news from Sanders camp about talks w Clinton campaign about an endorsement. Tonight at 8pm. #inners
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) July 6, 2016
“You’re not denying the report that there are talks about a possible endorsement?” MSNBC’s Chris Hayes asked, according to IJ Review.
“That’s correct,” Sanders answered.
The New York Times reported Thursday that a Sanders endorsement would be coming next week, and identified a Tuesday New Hampshire campaign event as the venue.
A Sanders endorsement would help restore unity within the Democratic Party, but stumbling blocks in the form of political and philosophical differences between the two remain.
The State Department could prove to be yet another stumbling block. Despite the green light being given to Clinton from the FBI and DOJ, the agency she ran for two years announced that it would begin another probe into her email scandal.
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