FBI Director James Comey announced that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is concluding its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails and that the matter will go to DOJ for “prosecutive decision.” The FBI director said that no “reasonable prosecutor” would bring criminal charges in this matter, and, for that reason, the FBI will not recommend that criminal charges be brought upon Hillary Clinton.
“All the cases prosecuted involved some combination of clearly intentional and willful mishandling of classified information or vast quantities of materials exposed in such a way as to support an inference of intentional misconduct,” Director Comey said. “We do not see those things here.”
During Comey’s press conference, which lasted around 15 minutes, the Director laid out the FBI’s findings which showed gross negligence on the part of Hillary and The U.S. Department of State at large.
Comey said that of the 30,000 emails voluntarily turned over to the FBI by Hillary Clinton, 110 emails contained classified information, 8 contained top secret information. “There is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling” of info, said Comey. “There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position or in the position of those with whom she was corresponding about those matters should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation.”
Director Comey noted that Hillary did in fact expose top secret emails to “hostile actors” through her actions while Secetary of State.
Despite Clinton’s clear negligence, Comey also stated the there was no indication that there was any criminal intent on the part of the Secretary of State. He did, however, state that this doesn’t mean that Clinton shouldn’t be punished. Comey stated that people who do what Clinton did are “often subjected to security or administrative sanctions”. What those sections would be, however, are unknown.
The announcement comes days after the former Secretary of State met with FBI investigators. Clinton’s top aids Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills were interviewed about the email scandal earlier in the year.
President Barack Obama will hit the campaign trail with Hillary on Tuesday. Obama will make his campaign debut at an event in Charlotte, North Carolina.