Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey has announced Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton will not face criminal charges for her handling of classified information as U.S. Secretary of State, although he said Clinton had been “extremely careless” for using her personal email address to send sensitive, and sometimes top-secret, information.
“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 stated.
However, according to Comey, no reasonable prosecutor would bring criminal charges against Clinton, in light of the fact the FBI had not found that she’d intentionally sent or received any classified information.
“Our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” he stated.
Previously, Attorney General Loretta Lynch had said she would accept the recommendation of the FBI, following recent speculation regarding an impromptu meeting she’d had with former President Bill Clinton at a Phoenix airport.
The Clinton campaign has also said Clinton was happy with the result.
“We are glad that this matter is now resolved,” a spokesperson from the campaign stated.
However, on the contrary, Clinton’s critics, in particular GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump, have said she jeopardized national security by using her private server.
“FBI director said Crooked Hillary compromised our national security,” Trump stated via Twitter. “No charges. Wow! #RiggedSystem.”
The FBI’s announcement came hours before Clinton had been scheduled to appear with President Barack Obama at a campaign event in North Carolina. However, FBI officials reportedly said they did not wish to comment on the timing of their announcement.