Senate GOP leader: Release Clinton's FBI interview
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOcasio-Cortez rips Trump in first House floor speech: 'It is not normal to shut down the government when we don’t get what we want' Overnight Health Care: Dem chair plans hearing on Medicare for all | Senate GOP talks drug prices with Trump health chief | PhRMA CEO hopeful Trump reverses course on controversial pricing proposal Supporters leave notes on plaque outside Ocasio-Cortez's office MORE (R-Ky.) wants Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTexas man indicted over allegations he created fraudulent campaign PACs FISA shocker: DOJ official warned Steele dossier was connected to Clinton, might be biased Pompeo’s Cairo speech more ‘back to the future’ than break with past 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 CornynTrump tells GOP senators he’s sticking to Syria and Afghanistan pullout  Texas governor, top lawmakers tell Trump not to use hurricane relief funds to build border wall The Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s attorney general pick passes first test 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 ChaffetzTop Utah paper knocks Chaffetz as he mulls run for governor: ‘His political career should be over’ Boehner working on memoir: report Former GOP lawmaker on death of 7-year-old migrant girl: Message should be ‘don't make this journey, it will kill you' MORE (R-Utah) said in a Wednesday statement.

McConnell sidestepped a question Wednesday about whether presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpPentagon update to missile defense doctrine will explore space-base technologies, lasers to counter threats Giuliani: 'I never said there was no collusion' between the Trump campaign and Russia Former congressmen, RNC members appointed to Trump administration roles 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.