Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump blamed a “rigged system” for the FBI’s decision not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server when she was secretary of state.
“The system is rigged. General Petraeus got in trouble for far less. Very very unfair! As usual, bad judgment,” Trump tweeted shortly after the FBI’s surprise news conference.
FBI director James Comey announced Tuesday that 110 emails sent or received on Clinton’s server contained classified information but said, “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring charges against Clinton in this scenario.
The Trump campaign has issued a statement expressing displeasure with the decision.
“Our adversaries almost certainly have a blackmail file on Hillary Clinton, and this fact alone disqualifies her from service,” Trump’s campaign wrote. “It has also been revealed that Hillary Clinton lied when she said that she did not send classified information.”
Trump’s campaign wrote that Clinton “didn’t want people to know the details about her botched decisions in Libya, Syria, Iraq and Egypt that destabilized the Middle East.”
Comey also said it is possible that “hostile actors” gained access to Clinton’s personal email account. FBI agents interviewed Clinton over the weekend as a final step of the investigation and Tuesday’s surprise announcement essentially removes the threat of criminal charges.
“Because of our rigged system that holds the American people to one standard and people like Hillary Clinton to another, it does not look like she will be facing the criminal charges that she deserves,” Trump’s campaign wrote.
The statement ends with the following message: “Folks – the system is rigged. The normal punishment, in this case, would include losing authority to handle classified information, and that too disqualifies Hillary Clinton from being President. The final jury will be the American people, and they will issue the verdict on her corruption, incompetence, and bad judgment on November 8th.”