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Hillary Clinton interviewed by FBI about email scandal

The Democratic presidential hopeful is unlikely to be prosecuted.

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
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HILLARY CLINTON WAS interviewed by the FBI today about her use of a private email server while she was the US Secretary of State.

Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill confirmed the voluntary interview with federal agents had taken place.

In a statement, he said: “Secretary Clinton gave a voluntary interview this morning about her email arrangements while she was secretary.

“She is pleased to have had the opportunity to assist the Department of Justice in bringing this review to a conclusion.

“Out of respect for the investigative process, she will not comment further on her interview.”

4888ac74db2348098f4265a8884093c5 Secret Service agents stand guard at the home of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton today. Source: AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Clinton came under fire after it emerged she used her family’s private email server for official communications when she was Secretary of State. Some people have argued that her actions violated state department protocols and federal laws.

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 year-long probe is drawing to a close.

The Democratic Party is expected to formally nominate Clinton for president in the coming weeks.

- with reporting by Órla Ryan

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