Hillary Clinton met Saturday morning with the FBI regarding the agency’s investigation into her use of a private email server for official correspondence while secretary of state.
The voluntary meeting lasted about three-and-a-half hours and was conducted at the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., according to the Clinton campaign.
Clinton “is pleased to have had the opportunity to assist the Department of Justice in bringing this review to a conclusion” campaign spokesman Nick Merrill said in a statement. He also said Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, will not make further comment about the interview.
Clinton’s use of the private server and email address — particularly whether the setup was used for classified information and how secure they were — has cast a shadow over her campaign from the start.
The FBI investigation is purportedly coming to a close, and the Clinton interview is considered among the final steps in the case.
Earlier this week, the entire, ongoing email scandal grew when Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, initiated an impromptu meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on her airplane in Phoenix.
Then, The Daily Caller reported Friday that Clinton would meet this weekend with FBI officials — resulting in media stakeouts at the Clintons’ Chappaqua and Washington home.
The campaign issued the statement Saturday shortly before 12:30 p.m. Eastern time, practically minutes after Clinton arrived at her Washington home, then departed about 30 minutes later.
There was already speculation about whether an agency under the Obama administration could conduct an unbiased probe, which only intensified after Clinton met with Lynch, a President Obama appointee who decides whether to bring charges in the case.
Lynch says she will accept whatever recommendations she receives from the agency’s career prosecutors and lawyers.