- Associated Press - Friday, September 2, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The FBI’s recent release of documents related to its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server shows the Democratic nominee isn’t fit to be president, South Carolina’s Republican Party chairman said Friday.

“Hillary Clinton’s private email server was a reckless attempt to avoid accountability,” Matt Moore told The Associated Press on Friday. “Her using 13 different devices in four years shows it was never about convenience.”

In a rare step, the FBI on Friday published scores of pages summarizing interviews with Clinton and her top aides during the bureau’s recently closed criminal investigation into her use of a private email server at her home. Telling the FBI she never sought or asked permission to use a private server or email address during her tenure as the nation’s top diplomat, which violated federal records keeping policies, Clinton relied on the judgments of her staff and others not to illegally send emails containing classified information to her private email server, and told FBI investigators she was unclear about a classification marking on official government documents

Clinton has repeatedly said her use of private email was allowed. But over 3 ½ hours in a July interview, she told FBI investigators she “did not explicitly request permission to use a private server or email address,” the FBI wrote. They said no one at the State Department raised concerns during her tenure, and that Clinton said everyone with whom she exchanged emails knew she was using a private email address.

After a yearlong investigation, the FBI in July recommended against prosecution, and the Justice Department closed the case. FBI Director James Comey said that while Clinton and her aides had been “extremely careless,” there was no evidence they intentionally mishandled classified information.

Matthew Ellison, spokesman for the South Carolina Democratic Party, said the documents “provide further confirmation of what Hillary Clinton has been saying for over a year: her email practices were a mistake, but they were within the law.”

Moore said Friday that Clinton could have possibly mollified speculation over her server use but has only further aggravated tensions by not holding a news conference in more than nine months.

“Every week seems to bring unanswered questions,” Moore said. “Her evasiveness from the press shows that she knows she’s wrong on this issue.”


Kinnard can be reached at https://twitter.com/MegKinnardAP. Read more of her work at https://bigstory.ap.org/content/meg-kinnard/

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