FBI investigators interviewed Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, for three-and-a-half hours on Saturday as the probe into her use of a private email server while secretary of state enters its final stages.
The meeting took place at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.
“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,” Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said in a statement. “Out of respect for the investigative process, she will not comment further on her interview.”
FBI agents are looking into whether Clinton mishandled classified information on her private email server during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Clinton has previously characterized her decision to use the server as a “mistake,” but has strongly denied any criminal wrongdoing.
It’s not clear whether the investigation will result in criminal charges. FBI officials have avoided describing the probe as a criminal investigation. The Wall Street Journal noted in March there are no indications federal prosecutors have empaneled a grand jury, which would be necessary to file charges. And Clinton’s description of Saturday’s meeting as a “voluntary interview” suggests the FBI did not use a subpoena.