After months of adjudication it turns out that the FBI is not going to recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for using a private email server while serving as the US Secretary of State. On Tuesday, agency director James Comey announced the decision—alleviating one of the biggest threats to her Presidential campaign—sayign that while the investigation did find “extremely careless” behavior, on her part (and her staff), “no charges are appropriate” at this time.
He did note, too, that “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,” and that the agency believed “no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”
It has only been three days since the FBI spent hours interviewing Clinton to reach its final decision and close this yearlong investigation. But, surely, the case is closed now.
Indeed, US Attorney General Loretta Lynch reported just last week that she would be willing to accept whatever recommendations were made by the FBI director and career prosecutors. As such, then, this announcement should begin putting this issue to rest.
But while the issue may finally be quieted, the uncertainty about Clinton will remain among many voters. And it certainly won’t stop Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from continuing his pursuit of criminal charges.
In March of 2015 The Associated Press revealed that Clinton had been using this personal email server exclusively for government and personal business. Once this was revealed, though, Clinton continued to argue that she never once sent or received an email marked as “classified.” The US Department of Justice, on the other hand, began investigating the emails last summer after a referral fro the State Department advised such.
During the investigation, Mrs. Clinton’s lawyers negotiated with the State Department to result in the turning over of 55,000 pages of email, acquired while she was the Secretary of State; although she withheld roughly half of the emails, saying that they touched on personal topics like yoga classes and, of course, flower arrangements for her daughter’s wedding.