presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event on July
5, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (AFP photo)
presidential nominee Donald Trump says the FBI’s decision to not
recommend criminal charges against his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton
for her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state
underlines once again that the US political system is “totally rigged.”
Trump made the comments at a rally on Tuesday in Raleigh, North Carolina, a potential battleground state.
New York billionaire described the FBI decision announced earlier on
Tuesday as the “best evidence ever that we’ve seen that our system is
“Everybody thought based on what was being said
she was guilty. She was guilty. And it turned out that we’re not going
to press charges. It’s really amazing,” Trump said as the crowd erupted
in a chorus of boos. “We have a rigged system, folks,” he added.
also made accusations that Clinton is “a criminal with a guilty
conscience” and “one of the most crooked politicians in history.”
Tuesday, FBI Director James Comey said Clinton was “extremely careless”
over her use of a private email server as secretary of state but did
not recommend criminal charges against her.
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.
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.
Drawing on a report in The New York
Times that Clinton “may decide” to keep on Lynch should she win the
presidency in November, Trump accused Clinton of bribing Lynch.
she wins, she’s going to consider extending the attorney general and
you know what, I’m not saying, I’m not knocking the attorney general,
what I’m saying is how can you say that? It’s a bribe,” Trump said.
attorney general sitting there saying, if I get Hillary off the hook
I’m going to have four more years or eight more years, but if she loses
I’m out of a job, it’s a bribe. It’s a disgrace. It’s a disgrace.”