CNN is reporting that Hillary Rodham Clinton likely won’t be indicted for any criminal activity relating to the use of her personal e-mail server while she was secretary of state.
That is the good news — more or less — for the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.
The bad news? The story won’t go away. It might never go away for as long as she’s president, presuming she wins the election this fall.
Why is that? She can thank her chummy husband, the 42nd president of the United States, for that.
Bill Clinton had the very bad form to trot aboard Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s airplane in Phoenix the other day. They talked about small stuff. No mention of the e-mail probe being conducted by the FBI, the agency that Lynch oversees as AG.
Lynch and the ex-president both have expressed “regret” over the chance meeting. It looks to critics as though Bill Clinton sought privately to pressure Lynch to back off in the FBI probe of his wife.
Suppose the reports are correct, that the FBI will find nothing criminal on which to hang an indictment. I can hear the conspiracy theorists now — led by Republican candidate Donald J. Trump — saying the fix is in.
No, the story won’t die if the FBI decides to close the books on the e-mail controversy without an indictment.
It will drag on and on and on.
Kind of like the way Benghazi has gone.
And Whitewater … and Lewinsky … and whatever else Hillary and Bill Clinton have done that they might now regret.