Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton could be charged under the Espionage Act for her actions in the ongoing email scandal, reports indicate.

According to McClatchy writer Nita Kumar, investigators may be examining whether or not the former secretary of state violated not only the Espionage Act but sections of Title 18 as well.

“Legal experts say investigators could be looking into potential violations of Section 1924 of Title 18, which deals with the unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material, or even the Espionage Act, which makes it a crime for anyone ‘through gross negligence,’ to allow the loss, theft or removal of classified information or fails to promptly report such mishandling to his superior,” Kumar writes.

The article notes that regardless of the case’s outcome, a political fallout will likely ensue.

“If she is indicted, she will face further questions about her honesty and perhaps even calls for her to step aside,” Kumar states. “If she isn’t indicted, as many legal experts predict, critics will accuse the Obama administration of letting her escape charges merely because they want her to win the White House.”

Debate over the possible result has intensified following news of Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s secret meeting with Bill Clinton.

Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino, a 12-year agency veteran who served under presidents Bush and Obama, said on the Alex Jones Show Friday that the Lynch scandal is yet another major blow to Hillary – who he believes will be indicted.

“I’m hearing they’re going to recommend indictment…” Bongino said, noting that investigators see the issue as an open and shut case.

According to former Clinton insider Larry Nichols, the meeting between Bill and Loretta instead shows that Hillary will be protected.

“Hillary is not going to be indicted. It’s over. It’s over,” Nichols said on the Alex Jones Show Friday. “There’s going to be hell raised when she’s not, especially after this meeting.”

Nichols believes the Clintons could be using blackmail in order to guarantee Hillary’s path to the presidency.

“Bill Clinton met with Lynch, and he was there to assure her that when Hillary gets to be president she’ll be able to keep her job,” said Nichols. “I would imagine he gave Lynch a slip of paper that had on it a couple of things about the career prosecutors that are working the case. What was on that? The things they have on them. The drugs, women, men, whatever.”

The Hillary campaign confirmed the candidate was interviewed by the FBI today for three and a half hours.

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