Senate GOP leader: Release Clinton's FBI interview
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTeacher defeats Kentucky state House majority leader in GOP primary Conservatives leery of FBI deal on informant Lobbying world MORE (R-Ky.) wants Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDem targeted by party establishment loses Texas primary Penn to Hewitt: Mueller probe born out of ‘hysteria’ Trump claims a 'spy' on his campaign tried to help 'Crooked Hillary' win MORE's interview with the FBI made public as GOP lawmakers demand more information on the investigation into her private email server.

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"It's pretty clear ... that the American people would like to see what Hillary Clinton said to the FBI," McConnell told reporters during his weekly press conference.

McConnell and Sen. John CornynJohn CornynHouse easily passes prison reform bill backed by Trump Senate panel clears bill to bolster probes of foreign investment deals McConnell tells senators he might scrap August recess MORE (R-Texas) noted that lying to the agency was a punishable offense.

"There's no particular penalty for lying to the public, unless the public get tired of it, but there's a real penalty for lying about the FBI," McConnell said.

McConnell's comments came after Cornyn voiced support for releasing any information tied to the FBI's probe, including the 3.5-hour interview that took place days before Comey's announcement.

"Only when we get the complete investigation out, including that three-and-a-half hour interview with the FBI, will the American people have the information they need in order to make a final judgement,” the Senate’s No. 2 Republican said.

 

 

Republicans have demanded access to any information tied to the agency's probe after FBI Director James Comey announced Tuesday he would recommend no charges against the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee for her use of a private server while secretary of State.

The GOP has united in opposition to the decision, and House committee chairmen plan to call both Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch to answer questions about the inquiry.

“The fact pattern presented by Director Comey makes clear Secretary Clinton violated the law. Individuals who intentionally skirt the law must be held accountable,” Oversight Committee Chairman Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzChaplain controversy shifts spotlight to rising GOP star Ingraham’s ratings spike a wake-up for advertisers Boehner to campaign for House GOP candidates MORE (R-Utah) said in a Wednesday statement.

McConnell sidestepped a question Wednesday about whether presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpRed states find there’s no free pass on Medicaid changes from Trump Trump meets with Moon in crucial moment for Korea summit The Memo: Trump flirts with constitutional crisis MORE should get classified intelligence briefings, saying the focus is on Clinton.

"The question here is Hillary Clinton and her public explanation compared to her private representation to the FBI. We're entitled to know all of that," he said in response to the question on Trump.