Senate GOP leader: Release Clinton's FBI interview
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellSenate passes 0B defense bill Overnight Health Care: New GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE (R-Ky.) wants Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax hit by earlier hack | What to know about Kaspersky controversy | Officials review EU-US privacy pact Overnight Tech: Equifax hit by earlier undisclosed hack | Facebook takes heat over Russian ads | Alt-right Twitter rival may lose domain 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 CornynNew GOP ObamaCare repeal bill gains momentum Week ahead: Senators near deal to stabilize ObamaCare markets GOP eying 'blue slip' break to help Trump fill the courts 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 ChaffetzFive memorable moments from Hillary Clinton’s newest book Clinton says she mistook Chaffetz for Priebus at Trump's inauguration Curtis wins GOP primary for House seat vacated by Jason Chaffetz MORE (R-Utah) said in a Wednesday statement.

McConnell sidestepped a question Wednesday about whether presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Trump Jr. declines further Secret Service protection: report Report: Mueller warned Manafort to expect an indictment 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.