Sidney Blumenthal, a key figure in the Hillary Clinton email saga, suggested on Wednesday that he has inside knowledge about the FBI’s investigation into the former secretary of state’s private email server — the Department of Justice will not indict her, he said.
“My understanding is that they will conclude, and the Department of Justice will issue a statement at the end [of its investigation]” that it “was not the case” that either Clinton or her aides intentionally mishandled classified information, Blumenthal said during an interview on CNN’s “New Day.”
The former journalist and Bill Clinton White House aide was one of Hillary Clinton’s most frequent email pals. State Department records show that he frequently sent Clinton gossip, political news and intelligence reports about happenings in foreign countries which he gleaned from a vast network of sources.
It is unclear how Blumenthal would have any inside knowledge about the FBI’s investigation of Clinton’s server. Investigators are looking into whether classified information was mishandled. The server was found to have at least 22 “Top Secret” and dozens of “Secret” emails
Blumenthal, who is known as “Vicious Sid” because of his cutthroat political tactics, refused to call the FBI’s probe what it is — an investigation. He also dodged a question about whether he has been interviewed by the FBI.
“My understanding is that this is a security review. It is certainly not a criminal investigation,” he told “New Day” host Alisyn Camerota.
“But it is an investigation,” she responded.
“It’s an inquiry into whether or not anyone intentionally put classified information where it shouldn’t be,” Blumenthal said, adding that when the Justice Department announces its decision to not indict Clinton, “all those who were involved in this kind of political hysteria will have to unravel it.”
The FBI is reportedly wrapping up the investigation. Agents have interviewed several Clinton aides and are reportedly close to interviewing Clinton herself.
Asked if a “bombshell” will be dropped on Clinton before the general elections, Blumenthal said, “I’m very confident that that will not happen.”