On Monday, news broke that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is turning over to Congress information from its investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private email server. It’s expected that the agency will hand over “notes from the interviews of Clinton and other witnesses in the investigation.”

In a CNN interview with Carol Costello on Monday, Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein explained her stance on the email scandal. “I think there should have been a full investigation,” she said. “I think the American people are owed an explanation for what happened and why top-secret information was put at risk.”

“Do you think that that [congressional] oversight committee should open up an investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s private email server?” Costello asked.

“Yes, I do, because we’re talking about state secrets,” Stein replied. “If [Clinton] wasn’t aware that she was violating State Department rules, it raises real issues about her competency.”

Stein did not say whether she believes Clinton should have faced criminal charges, but she did bring up concerns about other aspects of the Democratic nominee’s past behavior, including “the recent revelations about favors bestowed on the Clinton Foundation’s donors who got special deals, who got state partnerships.”

Clinton has faced increasing criticism for her role in the Clinton Foundation while she worked at the State Department. She is also facing political scrutiny of her tax returns, released last week. They show that 96 percent of the Clintons’ charitable donations in 2015 went to the Clinton Family Foundation (a private nonprofit used by the Clintons to make charitable donations, not to be confused with the Clinton Foundation).

Stein and her husband also released their tax returns, and their earnings stand in stark contrast to the millions earned by Clinton and her husband. While Stein may be on the offensive against Clinton, recent reports show Stein polling only in the single digits.

Watch the CNN interview below:

—Posted by Emma Niles


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