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FBI Interviews Hillary Clinton About Private Email Server

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gestures as she speaks during a rally in Raleigh, North Carolina, June 22, 2016.

U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton met with FBI officials on Saturday about the use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, campaign spokesman said.

The approximately three-and-a-half-hour interview took placed at FBI headquarters in Washington.

"Secretary Clinton gave a voluntary interview this morning about her email arrangements while she was secretary. She is pleased to have had the opportunity to assist the Department of Justice in bringing this review to a conclusion,” campaign spokesman Nick Merrill wrote in an email to the media.

“Out of respect for the investigative process, she will not comment further on her interview," Merrill wrote.

The meeting followed U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch's announcement of her intent to accept recommendations from career Justice Department employees and federal agents looking into Clinton's use of a private email server.

FBI officials are expected to conclude their investigation soon. Legal experts have said they do not expect any criminal charges to be filed against the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

Speaking at a summit in Colorado on Friday, Lynch insisted that career agents and investigators with the Department of Justice are acting independently, and that their probe predates her tenure as attorney general.

"I fully expect to accept their recommendations," said Lynch, who has the option of modifying any possible charges against Clinton. She later said she "will be" accepting the findings.

Her remarks followed an impromptu meeting she had with the candidate's husband, former president Bill Clinton, days earlier that raised questions voiced by Republican lawmakers about if the email investigation had been compromised. Lynch has said the meeting has no bearing on how the matter is being reviewed.