According to her campaign, the Democratic US presidential candidate, Hilary Clinton was interviewed by the FBI on Saturday, for three and a half hours as part of the investigation into her use of a private email server while she was serving as the Secretary of State. For a week, the public had been intensely focused on the investigation and the viability of Clinton as a presidential candidate. Her campaign has attempted to downplay this probe as a distraction for months. The interview was held in Washington at the FBI headquarters and a statement was made by Nick Merrill, a campaign spokesman.
He said that she had given a voluntary interview about her email arrangements while she served as secretary. He also added that Clinton wouldn’t comment on her interview any further. It remains unclear if the questioning of the Democratic candidate indicates an imminent conclusion of the probe in a pivotal time for the presidential race. However, it does follow the interviews conducted by the FBI of several of her former staff members and also of Huma Abedin, her top aide. In less than four weeks will be the convention of the Democratic Party where Clinton is expected to be nominated formally as their candidate for the presidential election on November 8th.
Currently, she is the front-runner in the race for the White House as opinion polls indicate that she is leading Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee. The chief strategist of President Barrack Obama’s two presidential campaigns and a former senior advisor, David Axelrod said that the timing of the FBI interview was good as it was right between primaries and convention. He said that it was best to put it behind her. The FBI is investigating whether the law was broken by anyone in Clinton’s operation due to a personal email server she kept in her home in Chappaqua, New York when she served as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013.
One of the questions in the probe is whether classified information was mishandled on the server. Both Clinton and her staff have struggled to respond to accusations that she is deemed untrustworthy because the use of the server violated the State Department protocol. Her rival, Donald Trump, has said that she should be disqualified from the race because of the investigation. In March, in a testimony to Congress, the FBI Director James Comey said that he was under pressure to finish the investigation quickly.
The refusal of the FBI to name the target of the probe has also added to the uncertainty surrounding Clinton. An independent investigation has been called by the Republican lawmakers and they have said that they don’t believe the Justice Department can deal with the investigation impartially. The criticism of the investigation was intensified by Republicans, including Trump, on Thursday, when the Attorney General Loretta Lynch met Bill Clinton, Hilary’s husband privately on an airport. Lynch asserted that they didn’t discuss the probe, but acknowledged that the meeting could be construed as inappropriate under the circumstances.