Ahead of another release of State Department emails, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton conceded that the FBI investigation into her private server is not part of a right-wing conspiracy, but said some right-wing elements are driving the matter.
During an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," co-host Joe Scarborough, asked, “Sometimes your spokespeople will come out and they’ll say this is a Republican attack. It’s about the right wing going after you again. But this obviously, the FBI is involved. The New York Times has been reporting on this for some time. … You’re not suggesting the FBI investigation is politicized are you?”
Clinton answered there are two different matters.
“No, but there are two different things. There is a security inquiry going on, and we respect that. It is on its own timetable, and its moving forward,” Clinton said. “Then there are these lawsuits, and I think when people say well look, this lawsuit, they’re not talking about the security inquiry. They’re talking about Judicial Watch.”
Judicial Watch, a conservative government watchdog group, is among several groups that filed Freedom of Information Act lawsuits with the State Department to obtain Clinton’s emails.
“They’re really two different things. They get conflated sometimes,” Clinton said. “I’m personally not concerned about it. I think that there will be a resolution on the security inquiry. The litigation that others have brought, and some of them are right-wing outfits, those will just proceed, and I’m not concerned about them. But I do think its important not to confuse the two.”
However, the attacks have not been on independent groups with outstanding FOIA lawsuits, but rather, the Clinton campaign’s attacks have been on Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough.
The State Department announced it will release more Clinton emails before voters in South Carolina choose a candidate in the Saturday South Carolina Democratic primary, the third batch to be released this month.