ABC correspondent Jonathan Karl reported Thursday that Hillary Clinton will “very likely” have to take questions from the FBI as part of a continuing criminal investigation into her private email server while secretary of state.
The Justice Department just granted immunity to State Department staffer Bryan Pagliano, who set up Clinton’s private email server, as part of the investigation into alleged mishandling of classified information.
Karl made a point to say there was “absolutely no indication” that Clinton was a target of the federal probe, a curious statement since the investigation revolves around Clinton’s server.
“This is the cloud that just won’t go away,” Karl said on Good Morning America. “The latest reports are an indication that this remains very much an active FBI investigation, and although there’s absolutely no indication that Clinton herself is a target, it is very likely that she will be asked to testify, or at least come in and take questions from the FBI in the coming weeks.
“Now, the campaign says she is happy to do that, but trust me, that is not the way a candidate working to wrap up her party’s nomination and, as Cecilia [Vega] said, take her campaign national, wants to be spending her time.”
Clinton appears on her way to the Democratic nomination after widening her delegate lead over rival Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) on Super Tuesday, but as Karl noted, the email scandal has been hanging over the entirety of her campaign.
The Washington Free Beacon reported late last year that Clinton, as secretary of state, signed a non-disclosure agreement laying out criminal penalties for negligent handling of classified information upon taking office.