Hillary Clinton meets with FBI as part of email probe

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WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton met with the FBI on Saturday as part of the investigation into her use of a private email server while leading the State Department, her campaign said.

“Secretary Clinton gave a voluntary interview this morning about her email arrangements while she was secretary,” Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said in a statement.

“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.”

An aide said the interview occurred at FBI headquarters in Washington on Saturday morning and lasted approximately 3 1/2 hours.

The meeting indicates the investigation could be entering its final phase.

On Friday, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she will accept the determinations and findings of the FBI and career prosecutors who are handling the investigation.

Lynch’s pledge, made at the Aspen Ideas Festival, comes after questions were raised when she met privately with former President Bill Clinton at a Phoenix airport earlier this week.