FBI recommends no criminal charges against Hillary Clinton
The FBI is recommending that Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, should not be indicted over the use of a private email server.
Hillary Clinton was careless when she used a personal email server during her tenure in the State Department— but there is no evidence she committed a crime, the FBI chief announced Tuesday.
"No charges are appropriate in this case," FBI director James Comey said.
While there is "evidence they were extremely careless in their handling of highly classified information," Comey said, "our judgement is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case."
Comey said Clinton used several different servers and numerous mobile devices, and that the FBI sifted through some 30,000 emails she had provided to the State Department.
Federal investigators found:
- 110 emails sent or received on Clinton server contained classified information.
- It's possible that "hostile actors" gained access to Clinton's personal email account.
- There was "no intentionality" on Clinton's part to violate any laws.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch has already said she would abide by the FBI's recommendation.
Clinton was questioned for over three hours Saturday by FBI agents investigating whether she mishandled classified information submitted on her private email system.
"I've been eager to do it and I was pleased to have the opportunity to assist the department in bringing its review to a conclusion," Clinton told NBC News' Chuck Todd afterwards.
Clinton said she stood by what she had been saying for a year — that she never sent or received emails marked classified at the time to her private account.
Clinton critics have called for an independent investigation into the emails, arguing the Justice Department may not be impartial. They pointed to a recent airport meeting between Lynch and former President Bill Clinton as further proof that the DOJ is biased.
Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, quickly registered his dismay: