U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch
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Hillary Clinton will not face charges in the email scandal, Attorney General Loretta Lynch officially announced Wednesday evening, USA Today reports.

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The announcement came a day after FBI Director James Comey announced that while Clinton, the former secretary of state, and other State Department employees had been "extremely careless" in handling classified materials, there was no cause for a criminal case.

“Late this afternoon, I met with FBI Director James Comey and career prosecutors and agents who conducted the investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email system during her time as secretary of state," Lynch said. "I received and accepted their unanimous recommendation that the thorough, yearlong investigation be closed and that no charges be brought against any individuals within the scope of the investigation.”

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Brian Fallon, press secretary for Clinton's presidential campaign, later tweeted that Lynch's decision meant that "this case is resolved, no matter Republicans' attempts to continue playing politics."

Although Lynch's announcement brings an end to the legal battle over the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's use of email during her tenure as secretary of state, the political arguments are sure to remain, USA Today reports.

According to the report, Comey is scheduled to testify before the House Oversight Committee Thursday regarding what Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) called the "surprising and confusing" recommendation not to indict Clinton.

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Clinton's campaign responded, saying that House Republicans were pushing a "taxpayer-funded sham" by pulling together the hearing.

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