The Florida socialite whose 2012 complaint to the FBI led to the investigation of Gen. David Petraeus’ mishandling of classified information said on Monday that she does not believe that Hillary Clinton will be indicted for mishandling sensitive government information on her private email server.
In an interview with Newsmax TV’s Steve Malzberg, Jill Kelley indicated that she believes Clinton should be indicted but that the Justice Department will never pull the trigger.
“I don’t [think Clinton will be indicted]. You know why? Only because of one thing, the FBI, even though this new director is, I heard, a very good guy, he has bosses, and they’re the same bosses that did this to General Petraeus and my family,” said Kelley, referring to FBI director James Comey.
The bureau is said to be wrapping up its investigation of Clinton’s email server, which she used as secretary of state. More than 2,000 now-classified emails are housed on the server, which is in FBI custody. At least 22 of those emails contain “Top Secret” information.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch will ultimately decide whether to indict Clinton or anyone else involved in the email matter.
“I don’t believe anything negative is going to happen to Hillary because the FBI boss, no matter how good his intentions are to bring justice, he still has bosses in our same government that did this to my family,” Kelley told Malzberg.
An “Honorary Ambassador” of U.S. Central Command, Kelley contacted the FBI in May 2012 after she received anonymous emails from a stalker that she believed was trying to blackmail Petraeus, who then served as director of the CIA.
The stalker turned out to be Paula Broadwell, Petraeus’ mistress and biographer. Kelley’s tip-off led to the discovery that Petraeus had improperly provided Broadwell with classified documents. Petraeus resigned his position in Nov. 2012. Federal prosecutors initially recommended felony charges against him for mishandling the information, but he eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge.
Kelley also came under scrutiny after her name was leaked to the media. She filed a privacy lawsuit against the federal government in 2013 but recently dropped the case.
She discusses the case in her new memoir, “Collateral Damage: Petraeus, Power, Politics and the Abuse of Privacy.”
Asked by Malzberg if she believes that Clinton’s mishandling of classified information was more serious than Petraeus’, Kelley said she believes it is.
“Absolutely,” she said.