And it's a lot of damage:
- This report was released during the middle of the week. The administration is famous for releasing bad news on Friday, where nobody will pay much attention because of the weekend and after that it's "old news". This is the talk of, well, pretty much everyone.
- The California primaries are next week. Sanders was neck and neck with Clinton and those polls were before this report came out. It's quite possible that Bernie wins California which would mean that Hillary would go to the convention looking like a loser even if she gets the nomination.
- The FBI will not be under pressure to ask for an indictment. This won't be able to be delayed until the election, so either she gets a perp walk or she looks like a political fix was in. She loses either way.
She's toast. I simply can't see how she beats Trump in November with this. Of course, I haven't thought she could beat him anyway - she's simply an apallingly bad candidate - but "Crooked Hillary" will stick.
So the question is: what's the Administration's motivation? Obama can't stand Hillary, but that's not enough reason to drop this bomb. Bernie would almost certainly need Obama's support, so there would be leverage for Obama in a Sanders administration. Of the administration of a white knight:
I must confess that I don't understand the motivations, and that sort of bothers me.