The FBI has disclosed its notes from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's interview with investigators for her use of a private email server. Here are some of the most eyebrow-raising explanations given by the former Secretary of State.
On Sept. 2, the FBI released their notes on their probe into Clinton’s use of a private server, which included answers given by the Democratic nominee while being questioned by investigators.
During her interview, Clinton told investigators that she could not adequately remember the briefings during her transition out of office because she had suffered a concussion in 2012, the same year she left the State Department, according to CNBC.
Clinton also stated that she had never even been brought up to speed on how to handle classified information, according to CNN.
In the notes, Clinton reportedly stated that she “could not recall any briefing or training by State related to the retention of federal records or handling classified information.”
Clinton also told investigators that it had not even occurred to her that emails that she had sent and received concerning a future drone strike should have been classified.
In addition, she asserted that she had been operating under the assumption that the “C” printed on documents referenced their alphabetical order, instead of its actual meaning: “Classified.”
Clinton told investigators that no one at the State Department ever raised any concerns about her use of a private server.
Finally, Clinton admitted to investigators that she had used 13 separate Blackberry phones over the course of her tenure as Secretary of State. Several of those devices are now unaccounted for.
While Clinton’s answers to investigators may cause alarm to her critics, they were sufficient enough for the FBI to not recommend charges against her.
Despite not facing any legal ramifications for her use of a private server, the disclosure of this interview would be very unflattering for Clinton’s campaign.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus deemed the documents a “devastating indictment.”
Meanwhile, Clinton national press secretary Brian Fallon stated that while Clinton clearly made a mistake, “she has taken responsibility for it, these materials make clear why the Justice Department believed there was no basis to move forward with this case.”
The House Speaker, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, slammed the FBI for releasing the unflattering documents on Labor Day weekend, when he believed that they would receive the least amount of press attention, Politico reports.
“I can’t believe that they would do what is such a patently political move,” Ryan told a Wisconsin radio station. “It makes them look like political operatives instead of law enforcement officers.”