No E-Mail Charges for Hillary Clinton – What Else Ya Got, Trump?

FBI director James Comey won’t recommend criminal charges over server that sent or received 110 e-mails containing classified info

Last Updated: July 5, 2016 @ 9:38 AM

The FBI won’t recommend criminal charges for Hillary Clinton based on the infamous e-mail scandal that has dominated the news for over a year, FBI director James Comey said Tuesday.

During a press conference, Comey said that 110 e-mails sent or received on Clinton’s server contained classified information. Comey explained “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring charges against Clinton in this scenario.

“Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” Comey said. “In looking back at our investigations into mishandling or removal of classified information, we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts.”

Comey also said it is possible “hostile actors” gained access to Clinton’s personal e-mail account. FBI agents interviewed Clinton over the weekend as a final step of the investigation and today’s surprise announcement essentially removes the threat of criminal charges.

The announcement is obviously terrific news for the Clinton campaign, but the tone of Comey’s press conference could result in further damage to Clinton’s reputation.

“Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information,” Comey said.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who recently had a controversial meeting with Bill Clinton at an Arizona airport, said last week that she would accept the recommendations of Comey and his team. The Justice Department will now look into whether anyone else mishandled the classified information.

“I know there will be intense public debate in the wake of this recommendation, as there was throughout this investigation. What I can assure the American people is that this investigation was done competently, honestly and independently. No outside influence of any kind was brought to bear,” Comey said.

Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump took to Twitter to offer his opinion.

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