Hillary Clinton’s aides were questioned by the Federal Bureau of Investigation about her use of a private and unsecured email server when she was still serving as the secretary of State, a sign that the investigation is nearing its end.
Among those interviewed by the FBI is Clinton’s longtime adviser, Huma Abedin. She was questioned by the FBI about Hillary Clinton’s decision to exchange sensitive information using a private email server while she was the secretary of State. The investigation is trying to determine whether Clinton has put the nation’s security at risk by sending and receiving classified information via her unsecured server.
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According to CNN, the probe is still ongoing, but the authorities have so far found no evidence to prove that Hillary Clinton “willfully violated the law.” Officials confirmed they are still looking into the matter aggressively and they are hoping to get a word from the former secretary of State so they can wrap up the investigation before the national elections.
A number of other Hillary Clinton aides have also been questioned by the FBI. The bureau has not yet scheduled an interview with Clinton, but they are expecting to meet with her in the coming weeks, officials said.
Abedin has recently provided information for the investigation, but her legal representatives remain quiet about the interview. The FBI officials assured that interviews of Clinton and her staff are a routine part of an investigation like this.
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The FBI investigation centers on the security of the private email server and whether Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information by using an unsecured server. FBI officials involved in the case and even the Justice Department are tight-lipped about the result of the inquiry. Clinton’s attorney has not yet commented on the recent development of the investigation.
Brian Pagliano, a former Clinton aide and the IT specialist who helped set up the server, reportedly provided relevant documents and other materials and interviews to the FBI just recently. Pagliano has been granted immunity by the Justice Department according to reports.
The FBI is expecting to finalize the investigation in the next few weeks and submit the findings to the Justice Department. The Justice Department will then decide whether to file charges against Hillary Clinton or any of the people involved.
The most crucial part of the probe will be the interview with Hillary Clinton, but her being active on the campaign trail poses serious logistical challenges for the FBI. She is regularly followed by campaign reporters, so the federal investigators plan to ask her lawyers to facilitate the interview to make sure that the meeting can be done privately, according to CNN.
Throughout the whole investigation, Hillary Clinton has firmly maintained that she never sent nor received classified information through her private email server during her tenure as the secretary of State. Lawyers of the presidential hopeful also said she is willing to cooperate with the FBI.
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“From the start, Hillary Clinton has offered to answer any questions that would help the Justice Department complete its review, and we hope and expect that anyone else who is asked would do the same. We are confident the review will conclude that nothing inappropriate took place,” Brian Fallon, Clinton campaign spokesman, said.
On Wednesday, Romanian hacker Guccifer, Marcel Lehel Lazar in real life, told Fox News he was able to hack Hillary Clinton’s home-based server. However, FBI officials have dismissed his claims. Reports say investigators found no sign that the hacker was able to breach Clinton’s server.
Officials believe that if the man had succeeded in hacking Hillary Clinton’s email, he would have released them just like he did to the accounts of some other high-profile people he victimized in the past.
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