A “voluntary interview” at FBI headquarters
Hillary’s long-awaited date night with the FBI apparently took place this morning in Washington D.C. and lasted for 3 1/2 hours.
Hillary Clinton gave a “voluntary interview” to the FBI today regarding her email arrangements while she was secretary of state, her campaign says.
“Secretary Clinton gave a voluntary interview this morning about her email arrangements while she was Secretary,” 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. Out of respect for the investigative process, she will not comment further on her interview.”
The interview occurred at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., and lasted approximately three and a half hours, according to a Clinton aide.
The plan is to figure out whether or not to recommend filing charges before the Democrat convention later this month.
ABC News continues:
The FBI is in the final stages of its email-related investigation, looking at how Clinton and her aides handled classified information when she was secretary of state.
The Justice Department’s goal is to complete the investigation and make recommendations on whether charges should be filed before the two major party conventions take place toward the latter half of July, according to a source familiar with the investigation.
Officials want ample time to review Clinton’s interview and compare it to everything they have discovered in the months-long investigations, according to the source.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch has said she will accept the recommendations of the career prosecutors and investigators regarding the case.
Lynch, of course, made a gross error in judgment earlier this week by meeting with Bill Clinton in Arizona and then clumsily trying to cover it up. With her credibility undermined and calls for her resignation multiplying, Lynch attempted Friday to explain the process of recommendation and her “full expectation” that she will accept those recommendations.
News of the potential interview came on a day when Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she ‘fully’ expects to accept the recommendation of the career professionals as to how to proceed on the case, although she left herself some wiggle room.
‘The recommendations will be reviewed by career supervisors in the Department of Justice and in the FBI, and by the FBI director, and then as is the common process, they present it to me and I fully expect to accept their recommendations,’ Lynch said at a panel in Aspen Friday.
Lynch said she would be accepting those recommendations, although she notably said she was not recusing herself from the matter entirely, giving herself an opportunity to steer the process.
Reactions on Twitter range from the silly to the serious:
BREAKING NEWS: Hillary Clinton grilled for nearly 4hrs by FBI today over email scandal.
This just got very serious.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 2, 2016
Hillary's interview with the FBI is "voluntary" much like the way you walk through a metal detector and get frisked by the TSA is voluntary.
— NeoKong (@The_NeoKong) July 2, 2016
Moderator: Raise your hand if you were interviewed by the FBI today
— Cabot Phillips (@cabot_phillips) July 2, 2016
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) July 2, 2016
— Jonathan Levin (@JNLevin) July 2, 2016
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