The FBI is recommending no criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server. This lifts a significant legal threat to her presidential campaign.
Agency Director James Comey said that the investigation discovered extremely careless behavior by Clinton in their handling of sensitive information. However, the FBI concluded that no charges are appropriate, and no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.
The announcement came three days after Clinton’s interview with the FBI.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that she would accept the recommendations of the FBI director. As well as career prosecutors, removing the threat of criminal charges and closing the legal issues.
However, it’s unlikely that many voters’ concerns about Clinton’s trustworthiness will be forgiven. It also won’t stop Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from continuing to make the server a campaign issue after calling for criminal charges,
Clinton’s relied on her personal email server exclusively for government and private business. Since The Associated Press revealed its existence in March 2015, her campaign has been rough and rocky.
She repeatedly said she didn’t send or receive classified emails. The Justice Department began investigating last year following a referral from the inspectors general.
The analysis in May formed a blistering audit from the State Department’s inspector general. The audit said that Clinton and her team clearly ignored warnings from Department officials regarding her email setup which may leave sensitive material vulnerable to hackers and violated federal standards. The audit said that she feared the personal being accessible if she used a government email account.
The Clinton campaign said agents interviewed her at FBI headquarters this past Saturday for three and a half hours. Agents had interviewed Clinton aides earlier, including her former State Department chief of staff, and a longtime assistant who is the vice chairperson of Clinton’s campaign.
On Friday, Lynch said that she would accept the findings and recommendations presented to her. After a meeting on her airplane with Bill Clinton in Phoenix, she acknowledged the questions about the neutrality of the investigation.