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Feds Prepare to Interview Clinton Aides Over Handling of Classified Material

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors are preparing to interview some of Hillary Clinton’s closest aides as part of an investigation into her use of a private e-mail server, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

That process, as well as a final review of the case, may still be weeks away at a time when she’s in the thick of the presidential primaries.

A federal prosecutor has alerted lawyers of the advisors that they soon will be questioned by FBI agents and prosecutors. Clinton also is expected to be interviewed.

Federal authorities are trying to determine whether Clinton mishandled classified materials by using a private e-mail server.

“The interviews are critical to understand the volume of information they have accumulated,” said James McJunkin, former head of the FBI’s Washington field office.  “They are likely nearing the end of the investigation and the agents need to interview these people to put the information in context. They will then spend time aligning these statements with other information, emails, classified documents, etc., to determine whether there is a prosecutable case.”

Justice Dept. Reviewing FBI Policy on Recording Interviews

sony tapeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — In a practice that has long been a contentious issue, a Justice Department advisory committee is reviewing the FBI practice of memorializing interviews with suspects in handwritten notes rather than recordings, the website Main Justice is reporting.

The website reported that the issue has become pronounced since an increasing number of local and state law enforcement agencies are recording statements via video and audio recording devices, Main Justice reported.

The website reported that FBI police forbids agents from recording interviews without the OK of the special agent in charge.

“In the past, the bureau and other federal law enforcement agencies have strongly argued against proposals that would require agents to electronically record interviews, on the grounds that they could hinder rapport-building, discourage suspects from speaking candidly and expose juries to unsettling interrogation techniques,” the website reported.

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