The interview at FBI headquarters in Washington D.C. followed a week of intense public focus on the investigation and on Hillary Clinton’s viability as a presidential candidate, with four months to go until the election on November 8th. Her campaign has tried for months to downplay the controversy as a distraction.
The FBI is investigating whether anyone in Clinton’s operation broke the law as result of a personal email server kept in her Chappaqua, New York, home while she was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. One of the questions is whether they mishandled classified information on the server.
Clinton and her staff have struggled to respond to accusations that her use of the server in violation of State Department protocol means she is untrustworthy.
In a tweet on Saturday, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, said it was “impossible for the FBI not to recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton. What she did was wrong!” Trump has said the investigation should disqualify her from being president.
Former FBI assistant director, Steve Pomerantz, sheds light on the details of Hillary Clinton’s interrogation below.
Trump also criticized Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, for meeting privately with Attorney General Loretta Lynch earlier this week, which Lynch later said she regretted, though she said they did not discuss the investigation.
It was not clear if the questioning of Clinton signaled an imminent conclusion to the investigation in a crucial time for the presidential race. It does however, follow FBI interviews of several former Clinton staff members, as well as her top aide, Huma Abedin.
Clinton is expected to be formally nominated as the Democratic candidate at the party’s convention in less than four weeks.