Dem governor: Email controversy following Hillary 'like a vampire'

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) says the controversy over Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' Cuba readies for life without Castro Chelsea Clinton: Pics of Trump getting vaccinated would help him 'claim credit' MORE's use of a private email server is following her "like a vampire."

"This email thing — it has kind of a mystique to it," Brown said in an interview to air Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press."

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"You know, an email is just an utterance in digital form. But it has some kind of dark energy that gets everybody excited," Brown continued.

"It's almost like a vampire. She's going to have to find a stake and put it right through the heart of these emails in some way," Brown said in an interview excerpt released Friday.

Brown was reminded during the interview of cautious comments he made on the same program in March, when the email controversy first started. At that time, Brown noted that "things unfold."

In the new interview, he added that Clinton didn't need his advice.

"But I don't think a leading candidate for president needs the advice of another politician," he said. "Generally they don't follow it, and I think they know everything I can figure out on their own."

Scrutiny over Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of State has followed her campaign from the beginning, intensifying in recent weeks amid a federal probe.

Clinton's campaign and allies have publicly dismissed the controversy as without merit.