As investigation heats up, Clinton aides could get burned

Hillary Clinton has thus far avoided serious consequences for countless corrupt and irresponsible actions thanks to top aides and political friends willing to protect her— surely with the promise of favors to come. But with some of those sycophants hazarding criminal penalties of their own because of her actions, the vast left-wing conspiracy to shield Clinton will likely soon to fall to pieces.

Last week, new evidence in the ongoing scandal involving Clinton’s private State Department email server revealed that the former top diplomat exposed underlings tied to at least a dozen other email accounts to criminal charges for mishandling “top secret” government documents.

A U.S. government official reviewing the case told Fox that some of those accounts were used by top Clinton aides, including “Cheryl Mills, Huma Abedin, Jake Sullivan and Philippe Reines – as well as State Department Under Secretary for Management Patrick F. Kennedy.”

Some of those names you may recognize as very close Clinton confidants who’ve already gone to great lengths to shield the Democratic presidential hopeful from legitimate government scrutiny of her questionable actions at State.

Remember, for instance, when Kennedy told Congress that he was unaware of the full “scope” of Clinton’s mishandling of sensitive information? Since then, it’s become abundantly clear that Kennedy “routinely sent and received government business from the Clintonemail.com account.”

And Sullivan, an intelligence source told POLITICO, “is one of the primary participants and instigators” of passing around sensitive data on the unsecure server “but by no means the only one.”

Sullivan was deputy chief of staff at the Clinton State Department at the time. He’s now senior policy advisor to her 2016 campaign.

Of course, like the other aides listed above, Sullivan has been a member of the Clinton inner-circle for years. And, as for the others, it’s paid off.

One thing that a political dinosaur like Clinton understands above all is the importance of rewarding loyal subjects with lucrative appointments and influential positions while also implicating them in crimes so that whistleblowing is not an option in moments of disagreement.

It’s Political Corruption 101.

There’s plenty of evidence that Clinton’s aides knew what she was asking them to do was wrong— and probably illegal— on many occasions but forged ahead with her demands because they were already in too deep.

But as the investigation continues, it seems that Clinton must have vastly overestimated her political capital at this late stage in the game. And to everyone but her, it’s not unfathomable that she’ll even have to trade her favorite pantsuit for an orange jumpsuit at some point in the not-so-distant future.

Clinton’s biggest mistake was that she believed her own hype. And she still does.

But that could change in the months ahead as her perennial yes men begin falling away one by one.

As Judge Andrew Napolitano recently noted: “The FBI now has leverage. The Justice Department can indict her top aides and trade with them. What would they want? Testimony against Mrs. Clinton in return for a deal with them. This is the way the government works.”

That’s especially true when you’re a sinking political relic who’s run out of schemes to work the government.

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