Former US Speaker John Boehner has said that it is very likely that Hillary Clinton will withdraw from the presidential race due to her email scandal.
Boehner has been speculating that Hillary Clinton’s legal troubles are so serious that it’s possible we will see Vice President Joe Biden “parachuting” into the race at the last minute
Speaking at the SALT conference in Las Vegas on Thursday, Boehner said that Democrats may need to turn to Biden to be their 2016 nominee.
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Republicans have long speculated that the federal investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was US secretary of state could result in criminal charges against her, forcing Biden to seek the nomination.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is likely to interview Clinton in the next few weeks about the issue. The FBI has already interviewed some of Clinton’s aides, including Huma Abedin, the vice chairwoman of Clinton’s presidential campaign.
The nine-month FBI investigation into whether laws were broken as a result of the server kept in her New York state home has overshadowed Clinton’s campaign.
More than 2,000 emails sent and received by Clinton while working as the top US diplomat between 2009 and 2013 include classified information, which the government bans from being handled outside secure, government-controlled channels.
Last week, a US federal judge in Washington said he may order Clinton to testify under oath about whether she used a private email server.
US District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan signed an order granting a request from the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch to question six current and former US State Department staffers about the creation and purpose of the private email server.
Based on what might be discovered from those interviews, which are to be conducted over the next eight weeks, Sullivan says in his order an out-of-court testimony from Clinton “may be necessary.”
That raises the possibility that Clinton could be ordered to testify in the middle of the US presidential race.
Clinton has come under fire for using her private email account and server. Critics, including Trump, say she endangered government secrets and evaded transparency laws.
According to American political analyst Scott Bennett, the belief that Clinton will crash and burn makes it certain that Biden will seek the nomination.
During a question-and-answer session Boehner made it clear he would be supporting Donald Trump, even though he doesn’t support his policies. “Donald Trump is the nominee, whether people like it or not” he told attendees.
Boehner said anyone who thinks Trump will not win the White House in November should “just watch.”
“This is going to be a presidential campaign like we’ve never seen before,” he said.
John Boehner: ‘Anyone who thinks Donald Trump can’t win, just watch. This is going to be a pres. campaign like we’ve never seen.’ #SALT2016
— Matt Egan (@MattMEgan5) May 12, 2016