Having previously said
she would not be voluntarily subjugated to an interview by the FBI in
the agency's probe surrounding Hillary Clinton's email
ago NBC reported
that the Democratic presidential candidate, seemingly shaken by last
week's events when a meeting between her husband and the US Attorney
General Loretta Lynch has sparked a scandal suggesting there is
backdoor collusion between the Clintons and the DOJ and that,
Watch put it,
given a "voluntary" three and a half hour interview to the
FBI over the use of her private email server.
As NBC reports,
"presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was questioned
by the FBI in a long-awaited interview Saturday over the use of her
private email server, an aide said. The interview's purpose was to
delve into whether Clinton mishandled classified information
submitted on her private email system while she served as secretary
of state. Her top staffers have already given testimony."
happened at the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. It lasted
approximately three and a half hours.
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
of respect for the investigative process, she will not comment
further on her interview,"
Nick Merrill, a Clinton spokesman, said in a statement.
As NBC adds, the fact
that the interview was "voluntary", means there was no
subpoena. It is unclear if Hillary had been sworn in.
The interview also means
that the investigation is coming to an end and that a charging
decision will soon be made (or not).
NYT adds, 5
lawyers "volunteered" to accompany Clinton to her
"interview": her lawyer David E. Kendall; Cheryl D. Mills
and Heather Samuelson, longtime aides who are also lawyers; and two
lawyers from Mr. Kendall’s firm, Williams & Connolly, Katherine
Turner and Amy Sahara.
Eight officials from the
F.B.I. and the Department of Justice conducted the interview,
according to a person who was familiar with the substance of the
session but who declined to be named because the meeting was
person characterized the meeting as “civil” and “businesslike.”
Neither the campaign nor the F.B.I. would elaborate on it.
As some have suggested,
the rapidly escalating scandal from the meeting between Lynch and
Bill Clinton which even David Axelrod admitted was "bad optics",
may have pushed the DOJ to actually do its job, and to accelerate the
FBI's probe. As to whether Hillary will ever be indicted, we are not
holding our breath.