Hillary Clinton says Donald Trump should be treated like any other citizen in DOJ investigation

“He’s not the president, and we have special exceptions for someone who’s actually in office. So I think like any American, if there’s evidence, that evidence should be sought out,” Clinton told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.”

“But I know it’s not an easy decision. And so, I don’t want to inject my opinion into this difficult calculation. Because I don’t know all the facts. And unlike people who jump to conclusions, I don’t But if the evidence proves or appears to show that there are charges that should be brought, then I think the rule of law should apply to anyone,” Clinton said.

The FBI executed a search warrant last month at former President Mar-a-Lago’s Florida residence and resort, seizing 11,000 documents, including more than 100 classified government records. On Friday, in the latest legal twist in the landmark criminal investigation, attorneys for the DOJ and Trump submitted their respective nominees to serve as “special counsel” to review documents seized at Mar-a-Lago and offered very different proposals for how the process should work.
Clinton, who lost to Trump in the 2016 presidential election, said Sunday that while she “cannot predict what the Justice Department will do at the end of its investigation…holding people accountable is at the heart of our nation.

“Both as Secretary of State and as a private citizen, I answered every question I was ever asked. I testified for eleven hours. I, you know, been involved in everything that was asked of me trying to answer all kinds of issues. I think that’s how the system is supposed to work,” Clinton said.

Clinton came under intense scrutiny during the 2016 presidential campaign for her use of a private email server while secretary of state and potential willful mishandling of classified information. A State Department investigation found there was no “compelling evidence” of widespread mishandling of classified information in the controversy over his emails. Clinton was also exonerated of wrongdoing by the FBI twice during the campaign.

Still waiting for a briefing

In a separate ‘State of the Union’ interview on Sunday, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Mark Warner told Bash that he had not yet been briefed on the potential damage caused by mismanagement. alleged by Trump from classified documents.

“We have not been briefed,” said the Virginia Democrat, who noted that Master’s special request had delayed any potential briefing. “I think we’ll have some clarification on that in a few days, and we expect to get that briefing.”

Asked about comments by Senate Vice President of Intelligence Marco Rubio that the seizure of documents at Mar-a-Lago was merely a “storage argument”, Warner insisted that “all members of the Intelligence Committee” understood the importance of the investigation, while pointing out that he and Rubio had jointly requested an assessment of damages.
In a recent interview with a Miami TV station, Rubio downplayed the seriousness of the DOJ’s investigation, saying, “I don’t think a fight over document storage is worthy of what they’ve done, which is a large-scale raid”.

CLARIFICATION: This story has been updated to more accurately reflect Hillary Clinton’s remarks about how Donald Trump should be treated in the Mar-a-Lago investigation.

CNN’s Marshall Cohen, Kevin Bohn and Stephen Collinson contributed to this report.

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