Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign confirmed on Saturday that the former Secretary of State “gave a voluntary interview” to officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Washington, D.C., regarding her use of a private email server while at the State Department.
The confirmation came in the form of a statement by campaign spokesman Nick Merrill, who noted that Clinton:
“…is pleased to have had the opportunity to assist the Department of Justice in bringing this review to a conclusion.”
The meeting between Clinton and the FBI reportedly lasted about 3.5 hours and is believed to be among the final steps in wrapping up the months-long investigation. Rumors of the meeting first spread early Saturday morning.
As Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin noted, that is “quite a long time to meet with the FBI.”
Of note is the fact that Clinton doesn’t appear to have been subpoenaed to provide testimony, given the voluntary nature of her interview:
Use of word "voluntarily" in the context of @HillaryClinton FBI interview means there was no subpoena.
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) July 2, 2016
The FBI has also interviewed several of Clinton’s top aides – including Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills and longtime personal adviser Huma Abedin – in recent weeks as part of their probe.
Given the contentious nature of the 2016 presidential race, the FBI and DOJ are both under immense pressure to deliver their final verdict on the investigation.
On Friday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced she would accept whatever recommendations given to her in deciding whether or not to press charges in order to remove any political bias from the process.
The meeting also comes just days after her husband, former President Bill Clinton, participated in a secret meeting with Loretta Lynch aboard a parked airplane in Phoenix, although the Attorney General claims the investigation was not discussed at that time.
This story is breaking and will be updated as new information is made available.