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The FBI will not recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her private email setup, Director James Comey said Tuesday in an announcement.
Despite evidence that Clinton and her senior aides were “extremely careless” with government secrets during her time as Secretary of State, Comey said investigators did not find enough evidence to recommend an indictment against Clinton.
“Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgement is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” Comey said in his comments at the FBI’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.
“We are expressing to Justice our view that no charges are appropriate in this case.”
Comey noted that someone in Clinton’s position “should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation.”
“Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information,” Comey said.
Comey’s announcement comes just three days after Clinton had a three and a half hour interview with the FBI on Saturday, and hours before President Obama was set to campaign for Clinton in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump was quick to respond to the decision in a tweet saying, “FBI director said Crooked Hillary compromised national security. No charges. Wow!”
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) blasted the decision saying it “defies explanation.”
“No on would be above the law. But based on the director’s own statement, it appears damage is being done to the rule of law,” Ryan said in a statement.
“Declining to prosecute Secretary Clinton for recklessly mishandling and transmitting nations security information will set a terrible precedent. The findings of this investigation also make clear that Secretary Clinton misled the American people when she was confronted with her criminal actions. While he need more information about how the Bureau came to this recommendation, the American people will reject this troubling pattern of dishonesty and poor judgement,” he added.