Aides to Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton have been interviewed by the FBI as part their ongoing investigation into her private email server, despite Clinton herself saying that no such inquiries have occurred.
In an interview with Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC Tuesday, Clinton said that neither she nor her representatives have been contacted by the FBI.
But on Thursday, CNN reported that:
“[i]n recent weeks, multiple aides have been interviewed [by the FBI].”
The report notes that Clinton herself has not received a scheduled time for an interview with officials probing her handling of classified information while serving as chief of the State Department.
Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon told Independent Journal Review in an email that Mitchell was only referring to Clinton’s lawyers when she said “representatives.” Fallon did not provide an answer as to whether or not the former Secretary of State had knowledge of the FBI interviews.
Marcel Lehel Lazar, otherwise known as Guccifer, said he easily breached its parameters and accessed classified intelligence:
“It was like an open orchid on the Internet,” Lazar said. “There were hundreds of folders.”
Lazar, who was the original hacker that discovered Clinton’s private email address, did not provide any documentation of his alleged breach.
Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon responded by saying:
“There is absolutely no basis to believe the claims made by this criminal from his prison cell.”
According to McClatchy, as much as 1,730 emails on Clinton’s private, home-brewed server contained classified information. However, Clinton and her campaign have denied any wrongdoing, often citing the use of private email by previous and current Secretaries of State.
Clinton and her campaign staff regularly deal with potentially damaging developments in the FBI’s ongoing investigation.
With the revelation of multiple interviews by investigators, she gains another.