Some of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides, including her longtime adviser Huma Abedin, have provided interviews to federal investigators, as the FBI probe into the security of her private email server nears completion.
In recent weeks, multiple aides have been interviewed — some more than once, officials said. A date for an FBI interview of Clinton has not been set, these officials said, but is expected in the coming weeks. Abedin has cooperated with the probe, but lawyers for Abedin declined to comment.
The probe remains focused on the security of the server and the handling of classified information and hasn’t expanded to other matters yet.
Former Clinton employee, Bryan Pagliano, who helped set up the server has provided documents and other materials as well as interviews to the FBI, under an immunity agreement. FBI officials overseeing the probe now expect to complete their work in the next few weeks and then turn over the findings to the Justice Department, which will make a final decision on whether to bring charges against Clinton.
The fact that Clinton is a presidential candidate active on the campaign trail presents some logistical challenges for the FBI, which has been quietly bringing witnesses into an FBI office without drawing attention. Clinton’s security is provided by the Secret Service and she’s typically followed by a corps of campaign reporters. Hillary has become deeply concerned that this criminal investigation will negatively impact her campaign, so the FBI plans to coordinate her interview with her attorneys and security to try to ensure it can be done privately. Perhaps Clinton will face justice after all?