A former U.S. Justice Department attorney says it's obvious Hillary Clinton failed to protect classified information in her private emails, and the question is what happens next.
Citing federal intelligence sources, Fox News confirmed this week that an FBI investigation into Clinton's use of private email has expanded. The federal agency is also looking into her controversial Clinton Foundation and whether it violated public corruption laws when she was secretary of state.
"There is no doubt that these emails are now in the Kremlin and in Beijing at intelligence agencies," observes J. Christian Adams, who blew the whistle on the DOJ and resigned in protest.
Adams is now legal editor of PJ Media, where he is watching, along with other political observers, as Clinton's email scandal moves into a new year.
The State Department keeps releasing Clinton emails under court order, and the latest batch of 2,900 shows 66 contained classified material, National Review Online reported. One was upgraded to "Secret," the second-highest level of classification.
The number of classified emails now numbers more than 1,300, Gary Bauer noted in his End of Day Report earlier this week.
Citing one of those emails, even the far-left news website Huffington Post reported in a Jan. 10 story that Clinton instructed a top aide in 2011 to strip a fax of its classified description - making it unsecure - and send it to her anyway.
While that is a national security issue, Fox News reporters Catherine Herridge broke the story Monday that the FBI is looking at the "intersection" of the Clinton Foundation and State Department business, including contracts handed out by the federal department.
The New York Times broke the story last year about just one example, documenting how Russian tycoons secured one-fifth of America's uranium mining while sending millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation, and paying Bill Clinton $500,000 to speak to a Moscow bank with ties to the businessmen.
"Those contributions were not publicly disclosed by the Clintons," the left-wing newspaper reported, "despite an agreement Mrs. Clinton had struck with the Obama White House to publicly identify all donors."
Citing FBI sources, Herridge said pressure is growing inside the agency to pursue the case.
FBI agents would be "screaming" if Clinton is not prosecuted, Herridge reported.
The question, says Adams, is whether the Obama-led Justice Department indict Clinton? Who you are depends on whether you are prosecuted by the DOJ, he says.
"But with Hillary," he adds, "the situation may be so bad - the law breaking may be so brazen and so easy to prove - that Attorney General Loretta Lynch may not have any choice other than to follow the law, follow the facts, and charge Hillary Clinton with crimes."