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FBI Publishes Notes From Confidential Clinton Interviews

It's a highly unusual step
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 2, 2016 2:28 PM CDT
FBI Publishes Notes on Clinton's Use of Private Email
The FBI has released documents from confidential interviews with Hillary Clinton and others about her use of a private email server.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – In a rare step, the FBI on Friday published scores of pages about confidential interviews with Hillary Clinton and others from its recently closed investigation into the former secretary of state's use of a private email server, the AP reports. The FBI's investigation concluded Clinton never sought or asked permission to use a private server or email address during her tenure as the nation's top diplomat, which violated federal records keeping policies. Clinton has repeatedly said her use of private email was allowed. But in July she told FBI investigators she "did not explicitly request permission to use a private server or email address," the FBI wrote. They said no one at the State Department raised concerns during her tenure, and that Clinton said everyone with whom she exchanged emails knew she was using a private email address.

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The documents also include technical details about how the server in the basement of Clinton's home in Chappaqua, New York, was set up. Large portions of the documents were redacted. Friday's release of documents involving the Democratic presidential nominee is a highly unusual step, but one that reflects extraordinary public interest in the investigation into Clinton's server. After a yearlong investigation, the FBI recommended against prosecution in July, and the Justice Department then closed the case. FBI Director James Comey said that while Clinton and her aides had been "extremely careless," there was no evidence they intentionally mishandled classified information. (Read more Hillary Clinton stories.)

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