James Comey gave an extraordinary press conference revealing the findings of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. He does not recommend any criminal charges against Secretary Clinton, and AG Loretta Lynch accepted their investigation.
The FBI has spoken and this should be the final word in the scandal surrounding former-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 68, and her private email server. Though the director of the organization, James Comey, 55, scolded Hillary for how she handled her private emails, he didn’t think that there’s any evidence that she broke the law.
“Although we did not find clear evidence” that Hillary did anything illegal, James said during his July 5 news conference, “there is evidence that they were extremely careless of very sensitive, highly classified information.” Despite this carelessness, there was no proof that Hillary intentionally broke the law with her private email servers. So, the head of the FBI said that his organization does not recommend filing criminal charges against her.
“All the cases prosecuted involved some combination of: clearly intentional and willful mishandling of classified information; vast quantities of materials exposed in such a way to support an [idea] of intentional misconduct; indications of disloyalty to the United states; or efforts to obstruct justice,” James further said in a FBI statement. “ We do not see those things here.”
BREAKING: FBI to recommend DOJ not pursue charges in Clinton email investigation: "No charges are appropriate." https://t.co/gQhNLmjV9I
— ABC News (@ABC) July 5, 2016
James said that the FBI conducted a “painstaking undertaking” in reviewing the 30,000 emails that the Democratic Presidential nominee and her staff handed over for their investigation. In addition to those emails, James said his team found “thousands” of work emails that weren’t handed over, since they were either deleted or fell within the server’s “slack space.”
Still, out of all these thousands of emails, James said 110 emails in 52 chains contained secret information. 8 of those chains had “Top Secret” info, while 36 chains had “Secret” information and 8 had “Classified” info, the lowest level of classification. Hillary and her staff “should have known” that this info should have been protected in their emails, but there was no proof of “intentional misconduct.”
UPDATE: Loretta Lynch accepted the FBI’s recommendation to close investigation with no charges brought against Hillary.
Hillary’s presidential opponent, Donald Trump, 70, quickly tweeted that “FBI Director said Crooked Hillary compromised our national security. No charges. Wow! #RiggedSystem.” Huh. The FBI director said that there’s no “clear” evidence that she did anything wrong and Donald accuses the justice system of being “rigged.”
What do you think of the FBI director saying that there’s no evidence to charge Hillary, HollywoodLifers?