The renewed FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton doesn’t have to uncover a bombshell to provoke criminal charges, former federal prosecutors said, but could simply add enough to a growing body of evidence to tip the scales in favor of a prosecution on any of a variety of fronts.
FBI Director James B. Comey said last week that investigators were checking emails to determine whether they were pertinent to the case he closed in July against Mrs. Clinton for the mishandling of classified information, but prosecutors said agents are poring over 650,000 emails that might show evidence of political corruption or lying to federal authorities.
“I think there’s already plenty of bombshells that were already out there, and we’re just learning more,” said John R. Teakell, a former assistant U.S. attorney.
Joseph E. DiGenova, a former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, agreed.
“That is reasonable to assume,” he said. “I think the bureau is hopping mad, and I think the director is getting to the point of being hopping mad.”