미 연방수사국, FBI가 민주당 유력 대선주자인 힐러리 클린턴 전 국무장관을 직접 조사할 것으로 알려졌습니다.
CNN 방송은 5일 FBI가 앞으로 몇 주 안에 국무장관 재직 당시 개인 이메일을 사용한 클린턴 전 장관을 직접 인터뷰할 예정이라고 보도했습니다.
FBI는 클린턴 전 장관이 개인 변호사와 경호원을 대동한 상태에서 비밀리에 조사를 진행한다는 계획입니다.
현재 클린턴 전 장관은 기밀이 포함된 이메일을 보내거나, 받은 적이 없다고 주장하고 있습니다. 또한 국무부와 정부기관들이 법원의 이메일 공개 명령 이후, 자신의 이메일을 ‘과잉기밀화’했다고 밝혔습니다.
CNN 방송은 FBI가 클린턴 장관이 고의로 법을 위반했다는 증거는 찾지 못했다고 전했습니다.
이 때문에 클린턴 전 장관의 선거캠프 관계자는 CNN 방송에 “부적절한 행위가 없었다는 결론이 날 것으로 확신한다”고 말했습니다.
FBI likely to interview Clinton soon in emails probe: CNN
WASHINGTON | BY MARK HOSENBALL
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is likely to interview Hillary Clinton in the next few weeks about her use of a private email server while she was U.S. secretary of state and have already interviewed some of her aides, CNN reported on Thursday.
The nine-month investigation into whether laws were broken as a result of the server kept in her New York home has overshadowed Clinton's campaign to become the Democratic Party's candidate in November's presidential election.
With only a few states left to vote in primary elections, she retains a commanding lead over her rival, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
More than 2,000 emails sent and received by Clinton while working as President Barack Obama's top diplomat include classified information, which the government bans from being handled outside secure, government-controlled channels.
Clinton has said she did not send or receive any information that was marked as classified and has accused the State Department and other government agencies of "over-classifying" her emails after a judge ordered them released to the public. She has said she expects to be exonerated by the FBI, a point her campaign staff echoed on Thursday.
"We are confident the review will conclude that nothing inappropriate took place," the campaign told CNN.
David Kendall, Clinton's lawyer, and Melanie Newman, a spokesperson for the U.S. Justice Department, which oversees the FBI, both declined to comment.
CNN said those interviewed included Huma Abedin, a senior aide to Clinton and the vice chairwoman of Clinton's presidential campaign.
Lawyers for Abedin and other Clinton aides did not respond to questions.
The timeline in the CNN report appeared to contradict answers Clinton gave in an interview on Tuesday, in which she told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell that neither she nor her representatives had yet been contacted by the FBI.
Asked about this, Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon suggested the definition of words Mitchell used in her question were open to interpretation.
"What does representatives mean to you, sir?" he said in an email, but declined to elaborate.
Donald Trump, the Republican Party's presumptive presidential nominee, and other Republicans have used the FBI inquiry to attack Clinton's integrity.
"These FBI interviews are another reminder of the gross negligence Hillary Clinton displayed as Secretary of State," Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, said in a statement.
(Additional reporting by Mohammad Zargham in Washington and Jonathan Allen in New York; Editing by James Dalgleish and Cynthia Osterman)