Wednesday on Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said there is zero chance and “no basis” that the FBI’s investigation into to her handling of classified material on her private email server during her tenure as secretary of state will result with her indictment.
Partial transcript as follows:
BAIER: I want to ask you about specific things quickly. One, you’ve tried to calm Democrats’ fears that there isn’t going to be another shoe dropping. What basis did you tell this radio station, 1070 radio on Friday, that there is absolutely no possibility of an indictment? Has anybody from the DOJ talked to you or your representatives?
CLINTON: I will repeat what I said. That is not going to happen. There is no basis for it and I’m looking forward to this being wrapped up as soon as possible.
BAIER: Has anybody from the FBI talked to you or your representatives?
CLINTON: I know that they’ve been interviewing a number of people and I’ve told people to cooperate. And I’m looking forward to also participating. I’ve offered to do so since last August.
BAIER: You have said, ‘I’ll talk to anybody any time.’ But you didn’t talk to the State Department I.G. Neither did any of your aides. Why not? And would you talk to the judicial watch deposition that they’re asking for?
CLINTON: Well I’m not going to comment on ongoing litigation or, you know, make any legal points here. I will say with respect to the I.G. investigation, I have talked endlessly about the emails and I testified, as you know, for 11 hours before the committee and the house who had every opportunity to ask me a lot of questions, including about emails. So we had all this information in the public record. It would be the same as I would have said to anyone. And I think it was, important to speak in the public to release the emails. Which I’ve called for. And I think as soon as I have a chance to speak with others, I will do so.
BAIER: The State Department I.G. though wanted to talk to you and you didn’t want to do that.
CLINTON: It just didn’t even, what they wanted to ask we had already talked about. Talked about in the public arena. And look, I think that report actually — I think that report actually supported what I have been saying for years. The rules were not clarified.
BAIER: You said hundreds of people knew about the —
CLINTON: The practice was used by other secretaries of state. I said it was a mistake and I wouldn’t do it again.
BAIER: Secretary Clinton, you said you sent or received nothing that was marked classified. But you did sign a nondisclosure agreement, an NDA, in 2009 that said markings don’t matter whether it’s marked or unmarked. Do you remember signing that?
CLINTON: No, I do not. But the fact is, nothing that I sent or received was marked classified and nothing has been demonstrated to contradict that. So it is the fact, it was the fact when I first said it, it’s the fact that I’m saying it now. What you are seeing acted out is the desire of the different parts of the government to retroactively classify material so that it is not made public since I did ask that all my emails be made public. And this not an uncommon process. So again, I will just reiterate—nothing I sent or received at the time was marked classified.
BAIER: Very last thing. The Clinton Foundation investigation, the FBI investigation into the email, you’re saying zero chance that this is a problem for you. In this election.
CLINTON: Absolutely. That’s what I’m saying. That happens to be the truth.
BAIER: Secretary Clinton, we thank you for your time. We look forward to having you back on Fox sometime.
CLINTON: Thank you very much. Good to talk to you, Bret.
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