FBI: Hillary Clinton was ‘extremely careless’ over her use of private emails

July 5, 2016 5:21 pm

FBI Director James Comey makes a statement at FBI headquarters in Washington on July 5, 2016.

FBI Director James Comey says
presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was
“extremely careless” over her use of a private email server as secretary
of state but he said she should not face criminal charges.

Comey
said on Tuesday that there was no clear evidence that Clinton and her
team at the State Department intended to violate the law.
“Although
there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the
handling of classified information,” Comey said in a 15-minute
statement explaining the investigation, “our judgment is that no
reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”
“In looking back
at our investigations into mishandling of removal of classified
information, we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal
charges on these facts,” Comey said.
The FBI director said Clinton
increased the risk of her emails being hacked by hostile nations. “Any
reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position” should have “known
that an unclassified system was no place” for the sensitive information
she handled as the top US diplomat, he said.
Comey’s address
concluded an investigation that began a year ago when the inspector
general for US intelligence agencies told the Justice Department that he
had found classified information among a small sample of emails Clinton
had sent and received.
The Justice Department, which administers
the FBI, had sought to complete the investigation and make
recommendations on whether charges should be filed before the Democratic
and Republican Party conventions take place later this month.
US
Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Friday that she would accept
whatever recommendation she received from the FBI. The FBI’s
recommendation to the Justice Department will have an enormous impact on
the US presidential election.
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump expressed his displeasure with the FBI’s recommendation.
In
a tweet on Tuesday following the Comey’s address, Trump said “The
system is rigged. General Petraeus got in trouble for far less. Very
very unfair! As usual, bad judgment.”
According to Gallup poll
released last week, Trump and Clinton are currently among the
worst-rated presidential candidates of the last 70 years.
When
Americans are asked what comes to mind when they think of Clinton, 27
percent say they don’t trust her, 13 percent say they don’t like her and
8 percent say she is a “criminal” or “corrupt.”
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