NBC: FBI Recommends No Criminal Charges Against Hillary Clinton
Originally posted at NBC by Corky Siemaszko.
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.
The FBI “did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information,” James Comey said. But “there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”
“Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” Comey said.
Comey said they also found “no evidence that any of the additional work-related e-mails were intentionally deleted in an effort to conceal them.”
“We also assess that Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail domain was both known by a large number of people and readily apparent,” he said.
Clinton used several different servers and numerous mobile devices, he said, adding 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. Eight of those were top secret, the highest level of classification.
It’s possible that “hostile actors” gained access to Clinton’s personal email account. “She also used her personal e-mail extensively while outside the United States, including sending and receiving work-related e-mails in the territory of sophisticated adversaries,” Comey said.
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 and by the advice of career DOJ prosecutors.
Clinton was addressing a National Education Association summit in Washington, D.C., while Comey was making his announcement. She made no mention of the FBI probe.
Clinton was questioned for over three hours Saturday by FBI agents investigating whether she mishandled classified information submitted on server.
“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 after the interview.
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:
But Comey, a Republican, insisted that politics played no consideration in the investigation and said he “couldn’t be prouder” of the work done by the FBI.
“What I can assure the American people is that this investigation was done competently, honestly, and independently,” he said. “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.”
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