from USA Today:
The FBI interviewed Hillary Clinton on Saturday morning as part of the investigation into her use of a private email server for official emails while she served as secretary of State, campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said.
“She is pleased to have had the opportunity to assist the Department of Justice in bringing this review to a conclusion,” Merrill said in a statement, describing the meeting as voluntary. “Out of respect for the investigative process, she will not comment further on her interview.”
Clinton, who left office as secretary of State in February 2013 and is now the presumptive nominee on the Democratic ticket for president, used a private email and server hosted at her home in New York — inconsistent with long-established policies governing all federal agencies.
Clinton said the system was “absolutely permitted” and commonplace for private communications. But an independent State Department inspector general report in May said the use was not appropriate largely because it didn’t comply the Federal Records Act and was vulnerable to hackers.
The 3½-hour interview Saturday was conducted at FBI headquarters in downtown Washington, according to a Clinton aide. The meeting had been anticipated as the FBI investigates whether classified information was compromised by her email arrangement. The agency must now decide on an official recommendation on a formal indictment.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus described the questioning of Clinton as unprecedented for a major party presidential candidate. “That the FBI wanted her for questioning reinforces her central role in deliberately creating a culture which put her own political ambitions above State Department rules and jeopardized our national security,” Priebus said.
The meeting steers the probe to an expected conclusion in the coming weeks, perhaps ahead of the Republican and Democratic national conventions, which start the week of July 18.
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