I’ll be brief:
It is very possible that Obama’s public endorsement of Hillary Clinton signals that he knows for certain she won’t be indicted or it sends a message to FBI Chief, Comey, that she will not be indicted by the Obama Justice Dept. regardless of the outcome of the investigation. Let’s face it, it’s doubtful Obama would risk “staining” his legacy, screwed up as we know it to be, by publicly supporting a candidate who ends up indicted for espionage.
However, let’s assume she is to be indicted. Let’s examine the possibilities.
First, it’s possible a bill of indictment could come prior to the Democrat convention. In this scenario, Joe Biden would be the most likely replacement to be parachuted in at the convention as that party’s candidate - pretty straightforward.
What if she’s indicted after the convention, but prior to the election in November? Does she voluntarily step aside? How do the Democrats legally get the name of someone else on the ballots of the states? The applicable legal deadlines for ballot placement will have long since passed. For that matter, how do they select who her replacement is?
However, there is a much more cynical and ominous possibility. What if an indictment comes AFTER the November election and after Clinton has been elected POTUS? My guess is that Obama would, "for the good of the country and to avoid a “Constitutional crisis”, pardon her as he goes out the door. If such a pardon took place and assuming Repubs still control the Senate - a sizeable assumption should Hillary get the turnout necessary for her to win in November - would Repubs have the votes necessary to impeach her?
If you think people are pissed off at the elitist political class now, it might be we haven’t even scratched the surface. The streets of America could get REAL UGLY real quick.
I would be interested in other participants weighing in on this topic.