FBI Director Recommends No Criminal Charges Against Hillary Clinton in Private-Email Use

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FBI Director James Comey in 2014
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FBI Director James Comey announced Tuesday that his office will not recommend that prosecutors bring charges against Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information in emails on her private servers.

"Although the Department of Justice makes final decisions on matters like this, we are expressing to Justice our view that no charges are appropriate in this case," Comey said during a press conference, CNBC reports.


Addressing those who believe that Clinton was spared because of her political clout, Comey added, "This investigation was done honestly, competently and independently."

"No outside influence of any kind was brought to bear," he said, according to CNBC. "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. Opinions are irrelevant, and they were all uninformed by insight into our investigation because we did our investigation the right way."

Comey explained that the investigation found 110 emails in 52 email chains that included classified information. Comey added that there was no proof that Clinton's email had been hacked.

Comey did call Clinton and her staffers "extremely careless" when handling the confidential emails but added that there was no clear evidence that they intended to violate the law.


"Although there is evidence of potential violations regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case," he said, according to CNBC.

The Democratic presidential candidate was interviewed by the FBI for over three hours Saturday as part of a probe into the user of her private email server to store confidential emails during her time as secretary of state.


Clinton told the news station that she was happy to do the interview with the FBI.

"I've been answering questions for over a year" regarding the private email server, Clinton said.


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wasted no time expressing his displeasure with the FBI's decision.


Read more at CNBC.

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