The Latest: Clinton says she has been 'eager' to talk to FBI

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Posted: Jul 02, 2016 8:12 PM
The Latest: Clinton says she has been 'eager' to talk to FBI

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 presidential campaign (all times local):

8:10 p.m.

Hillary Clinton says she has been eager to have her interview with the FBI about her handling of email. The FBI interviewed her for 3 1/2 hours Saturday about her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

Clinton says in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" that she is pleased to have the opportunity to assist the department bringing its review to a conclusion. She says the tone of the FBI session was civil and business-like.

Clinton says she has no knowledge of any timeline for the review and will not comment on whether she was given an indication that charges would not be filed.

For Clinton, the interview indicates that the Justice Department's yearlong probe is drawing to a close only four weeks before she is set to be formally nominated as the Democrats' choice to succeed President Barack Obama.

The interview with NBC's Chuck Todd was conducted Saturday and will be aired Sunday.

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5:45 p.m.

Former President Bill Clinton is reflecting on his controversial meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and concluding that he wouldn't do it again, either.

On Monday, the former president met with Lynch on an airport tarmac in Phoenix when their travel schedules coincided. Lynch later said their discussion didn't include the Justice Department investigation of Hillary Clinton's email server. She also said she understood why a controversy erupted over her talking to Bill Clinton and allowed that she wouldn't do it again.

On Saturday, an aide to the former president said in a statement that Clinton's conversation with Lynch was unplanned and entirely social in nature. But Clinton now recognizes how others could take another view and agrees with Lynch that he wouldn't do it again.

The aide wasn't authorized to be named and spoke about Bill Clinton's reaction to the controversy on condition of anonymity.

The FBI interviewed Hillary Clinton on Saturday as part of its investigation of the email server.

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4:50 p.m.

Donald Trump is weighing in on word that the FBI has interviewed Hillary Clinton as part of its probe of her email server.

In a tweet posted Saturday, Trump says "it is impossible for the FBI not to recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton. What she did was wrong!"

Clinton used a private email server for her government and personal emails rather than the State Department's email system during her tenure as secretary of state. The FBI has been investigating whether sensitive information was mishandled.

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4:15 p.m.

Republican Donald Trump has created a stir on social media by posting online an image of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton with what appears to be a Star of David and a background of dollar bills.

Trump took Clinton's old Twitter avatar celebrating her status as the first presumptive female presidential nominee and added a background of dollar bills along with the words "Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!" written over a six-point star.

The image posted Saturday quickly drew scrutiny online, raising accusations of anti-Semitism.

Trump deleted the tweet later in the day and replaced it with a version that uses a circle in place of the star.

A Trump campaign spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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4:10 p.m.

The chairman of the Republican National Committee says Hillary Clinton's FBI interview is an "unprecedented step" and makes her the first major party presidential candidate to be interviewed by the FBI "as part of a criminal investigation surrounding her reckless conduct."

During her four years as secretary of state, Clinton used a private email server for her government and personal emails rather than the State Department's email system. The FBI is investigating the potential mishandling of sensitive information.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus (PREE-bus) says Clinton's FBI interview "reinforces her central role in deliberately creating a culture which put her own political ambitions above State Department rules and jeopardized our national security."

Priebus says the American people need to have confidence that President Barack Obama's Justice Department is conducting a fair and impartial investigation. And he says when Attorney General Loretta Lynch "meets secretly" with former President Bill Clinton just days before the interview, it "raises serious concerns about special treatment."

Earlier this week, Bill Clinton and Lynch met when their planes were at an airport in Phoenix. Lynch says the email investigation was not discussed but that she regrets having chatted with the former president.

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4:05 p.m.

Hillary Clinton will have some company in North Carolina next week when she makes her first joint campaign appearance with President Barack Obama.

Clinton's likely Republican rival, Donald Trump, has scheduled his own rally in the state the same day.

On Tuesday afternoon, Obama and Clinton plan to appear in Charlotte. That night, across the state in Raleigh, Trump will have an event of his own.

Obama and Clinton were originally scheduled to appear together last month in Green Bay, Wisconsin, but they postponed the event because of the shootings in Orland, Florida.

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4 p.m.

Hillary Clinton has been interviewed Saturday by the FBI about her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill says in a statement the voluntary interview with federal agents took place Saturday.

The interview was not unexpected and does not suggest that Clinton or anyone else is likely to face prosecution. Legal experts view criminal prosecution as exceedingly unlikely. The interview may indicate that the Justice Department's yearlong probe is drawing to a close.

Still, it's awkward for Democrats to have FBI agents question Clinton mere weeks before their party formally nominates her for president.