Hillary Clinton blamed a 2012 concussion for her failure to remember briefings she received on how to preserve confidential or classified records while in office.
Clinton revealed in a 3 1/2 hour interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department prosecutors on July 2 that due to the injury, she was working part-time and could not recall every briefing she received, according to an FBI report released Friday.
“However, in December of 2012, Clinton suffered a concussion and then around the New Year had a blood clot,” the FBI’s summary said, according to Newsweek. “Based on her doctor’s advice, she could only work at State for a few hours a day and could not recall every briefing she received.”
The report, which includes the 11-page interview summary and other details of the FBI probe into her use of an unauthorized private email system while she was secretary of state, does not quote Clinton directly. According to a Clinton campaign aide, the reference to the concussion was made to elaborate on her part-time work hours , not to detail her ability to remember, Newsweek reported.
Immediately following the FBI report’s release Friday afternoon, just as the Labor Day holiday weekend was beginning, Donald Trump’s campaign issued a statement saying the interview notes “reinforce her tremendously bad judgment and dishonesty.”
Meanwhile, the Clinton camp seemed to welcome the report’s release.
“While her use of a single email account was clearly a mistake and she has taken responsibility for it, these materials make clear why the Justice Department believed there was no basis to move forward with this case,” campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement.
For many Americans, the FBI report only served as further proof that the Democratic presidential nominee should have been prosecuted.
“These documents demonstrate Hillary Clinton’s reckless and downright dangerous handling of classified information during her tenure as secretary of state,” U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement. “This is exactly why I have called for her to be denied access to classified information.”
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