Clinton Scheduled to Interview with FBI: Reports
In the next few days, Hillary Clinton is set to be interviewed by the FBI for her role in setting up a private server to host sensitive government information.
The Hill reports:
The rumored interview could indicate the FBI is in the final stages of its investigation and comes after Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that she would defer to investigators and prosecutors in deciding whether to press charges.
Multiple current and former aides to Clinton have reportedly answered the FBI’s questions in recent months, in what appeared to be a path leading to the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee herself.
According to ABC News, the Justice Department’s goal is to complete its probe and issue recommendations on whether charges should be filed before the two major party conventions occur later this month. ABC said the interview could take place in the coming days.
The Daily Caller, which first reported the interview, said Clinton is scheduled to meet with the FBI Saturday. Its source added the talk could occur at Clinton’s residence in Washington, D.C.
Clinton does not have any campaign events listed on her schedule for the weekend, presumably making an interview within that window easier to coordinate.
The interview has been expected for weeks and could help provide final information that federal officials need to decide whether to press ahead with charges — a decision that could amount to a political earthquake.
Roughly 1 in 15 of the approximately 30,000 emails that Clinton gave to the federal government from her private server for safekeeping have been classified at some level. Another 22 were classified as top secret, the highest level of sensitivity.
Bryan Pagliano, the IT official believed to have set up and maintained Clinton’s server in the basement of her New York home, has been granted limited immunity deals in order to assist with the investigation.
Legal experts have speculated that the high bar for prosecutors to prove that Clinton’s setup was designed to thwart federal security laws could make it difficult to indict her. But the investigation has been underway for more than a year, raising speculation about what officials may have discovered.
On Friday, Lynch acknowledged that her 30-minute, private meeting with Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, had cast a pallor over the investigation, with Republicans questioning her neutrality.
In the face of the criticism, Lynch on Friday said that she would accept whatever recommendations were handed to her by FBI investigators and Justice Department prosecutors.
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