The US’s Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) interviewed Hillary Clinton on Saturday in connection with its ongoing investigation over her use of a private email server as secretary of state.
The presumptive Democratic nominee was interviewed at the FBI headquarters in DC for over three and a half hours, a Clinton campaign aide said on background.
Nick Merrill, her spokesman, said in a statement, “Secretary Clinton gave a voluntary interview this morning about her email arrangements while she was Secretary. 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 email controversy, which has dogged her campaign since it surfaced in a congressional committee investigation of the death of four Americans in the 2012 Benghazi, Libya attack, hit the headlines this week after an unscheduled meeting between Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, whose department is investigating her, at on tarmac at an airport in Arizona.
Lynch has since said she should not have met the former president as people who have questions about how “we in the government do our business” will have “another reason to have questions and concerns”.
Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, couldn't agree more. He said the meeting had “opened up a Pandora’s box” and added it was an example of how “the special interests are controlling your government”.
The probe is an unwelcome distraction for Clinton, who had just vanquished rival Bernie Sanders.