The explosive revelation that the FBI is reopening its investigation into the private email server controversy of Hillary Clinton puts the Democratic nominee and her entire campaign practically in a no-win situation.
Such is the view put forward by Republican political consultant and policy advisor Karl Rove in an interview with On The Record of Fox News.
For one, Rove said that the reports going around that the reinvestigation is triggered by new emails discovered by the FBI from the seized devices of Anthony Weiner and his estranged wife and Clinton close aid Huma Abedin puts the latter in a sticky position. The new emails uncovered by the FBI originally in relation to an investigation into Weiner's alleged sexting with an underage girl could potentially prove that Abedin lied in her earlier sworn statement with the bureau.
If proven that Abedin willfully lied to the FBI during the first investigation, she can face charges of obstruction of justice and perjury. That leaves the question now- has she become a liability to the Clinton campaign as we fast approach the final week? And if yes, should she then just resign and leave the campaign?
Hillary Clinton appears desperate for the FBI to just get the whole thing over and done with. But an Abedin resignation has no assurance that the issue will just disappear as Hillary so wishes. On the other hand, stepping away now for Abedin could add more fuel to the already volatile situation, one that puts in the spotlight not just Abedin's guilt but more so that of Hillary, no less.
Senior elections analyst Sean Trende said that the last thing that the Hillary campaign would want is for the issue to dominate the headlines for the next 11 last days of the campaign. But that's nearly improbable given that it is a crucial and legitimate matter, that even the pro-Hillary mainstream media would be hard pressed to pick up the issue.
Rep. Trey Gowdy believes Hillary has no one to blame but herself for this mess, as the
"extraordinary" situation she now finds herself is the result of her " extraordinary email arrangement".
Gowdy said Hillary was the "author of her own destiny", and what's happening now is nothing but just the logical consequence of a risky and possibly illegal decision she made when she had that private server. Gowdy added that Hillary may be upset now and hate the timing of the fresh controversies, but she brought all these upon herself and she's all to blame.
Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway thinks being under FBI investigation for the second time in one year is a huge problem for Hillary as it presents both a corruption and ethics problem for her. Something which has been haunting Hillary all this time and will continue to do so until election day.