Back in early March, The New York Times reported that the FBI would be interviewing Hillary Clinton and her top aides about her private email server within the coming weeks. A source told the paper the investigation would probably conclude by early May, at which point the Justice Department would be left to decide whether to file charges against Clinton or anyone else, and what charges to file. The final decision rests with Attorney General Loretta Lynch.
Then things went quiet for a while. Early last week—fully two months after the Times report—Clinton even told Andrea Mitchell that the FBI hadn’t contacted her for an interview about the server. What gives?
The email-server story seems to move in waves: silence for a while, then an onslaught of news. Late last Thursday, it emerged that while Clinton hasn’t spoken to the FBI yet, several of her top aides have. (She has repeatedly said that she will cooperate if asked to speak.) One of the aides to speak is Huma Abedin, one of Clinton’s closest and longest-serving confidants. It’s not clear what other staffers have been interviewed.
Meanwhile, a judge ruled last week that the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch might be able to depose Clinton as part of a lawsuit over her use of private email—a matter that concerns not the national-security implications of a potentially vulnerable server, but whether Clinton actually complied with federal-records law in turning over her emails. (That case, in turn, is directly about Abedin’s employment and whether it broke federal rules. The email situation is a many-headed hydra.) Also this week, the hacker Guccifer—most famous for publishing George W. Bush’s paintings—claimed he had hacked Clinton’s server, though FBI investigators apparently see no basis for the claim.