James Comey, FBI’s director, said that his office isn’t recommending prosecutors to bring charges against presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
The FBI is currently investigating her for handling classified information in connection to private email servers. Comey went on to say:
“Although the Department of Justice makes final decisions on matters like this, we are expressing to Justice our view that no charges are appropriate in this case.”
Comey, who is a Republican, resounded to the haters claiming that the investigation isn’t legit —
“This investigation was done honestly, competently, and independently. No outside influence of any kind was brought to bear. I know there were many opinions expressed by people who were not part of the investigation — including people in government — but none of that mattered to us. Opinions are irrelevant, and they were all uninformed by insight into our investigation because we did our investigation the right way.”
Comey began his speech by explaining what he and his fellow investigators found during the process. He said that they went through 110 emails in 52 email chains and they were determined to include classified information at the time they were received.
Of those emails, eight chains contained information that was “top secret” at the time they were sent, 36 had “secret” information, and eight more had “confidential” information.
Others said that certain emails were deleted or not provided to the FBI, and Comey said there was no evidence of a cover-up.
Comey also said that there was no direct evidence that Clinton’s personal email domain was hacked. It is possible though that hostile actors gained access to her personal email account.
The FBI also stated that Clinton and her team were “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information” but he said there was no clear evidence they broke the law on purpose.
Although they did in deed break the law, Comey said the FBI as a whole doesn’t think Clinton should face criminal charges for her actions:
“Although there is evidence of potential violations regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”
Comey said the decision on charging Clinton partially depends on “how similar situations have been handled in the past.” He goes further into detail:
“In looking back into our investigations into the mishandling or removal of classified information, we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts. All the cases prosecuted involved some combination of: clearly intentional and willful mishandling of classified information; or vast quantities of information exposed in such a way as to support an inference of intentional misconduct; or indications of disloyalty to the United States; or efforts to obstruct justice. We do not see those things here.”
Clinton’s camp is happy about the decision and released a statement saying they are
“Pleased that the career officials handling this case have determined that no further action by the Department is appropriate. As the Secretary has long said, it was a mistake to use her personal email and she would not do it again. We are glad that this matter is now resolved.”
The FBI interviewed Hilary Clinton for three and a half hours on Saturday because of her using a private email server while serving as secretary of state.
The Clinton interview was the last part of the investigation in Washington. All week the public has been focused on this issue since Clinton has only four months to go till the election.
Clinton said she was happy to do the FBI interview, and also said she’s been answering questions for over a year about the email server anyways.
Clinton is expected to be nominated as the Democratic candidate for the Nov. 8 presidential election at the party’s convention in less than four weeks.
And of course Donald Trump had to share his views on the FBI’s recommendation saying:
Watch his speech below and let us know if you think this is fair: