In a press conference held today, FBI Director James Comey said his agency will recommend the US Department of Justice (DoJ) not to press official charges against Hillary Clinton, the presumptive nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2016 United States presidential election.
Comey said that the FBI’s investigation had found “no intentional misconduct” on the behalf of Clinton and her staff when they’ve set up private email servers without the approval or knowledge of official state agencies.
The DoJ and Attorney General Loretta Lynch are not forced to accept the FBI’s recommendation, but according to a New York Times article from last Friday, Lynch said she.
FBI: 110 Clinton emails contained classified information
The FBI’s recommendation comes after a year-long investigation into the actions of Hillary Clinton, who exclusively used of a private email server while serving as US Secretary of State.
The State Department’s inspector general exposed the existence of this email server in March 2015, when it was revealed that Clinton had handled top secret documents via her unsanctioned email server.
During the FBI’s subsequent investigation, the Bureau recovered over 30,000 work-related emails from Clinton’s private server, interviewing much of her staff.
Of these 110 emails, 52 email chains contained classified information.
Eight email chains included information labeled as “top secret,” at the time, 36 as “secret,” and eight as “confidential.”
Clinton staff didn’t hand over all the emails
In aalso published today, the FBI said the lawyers that sorted through Clinton’s emails didn’t properly classify work and personal emails during the investigation, and there were many work-related emails categorized as personal out of the total of 60,000 emails.
The FBI said they were able to recover these files from “the mailboxes of other officials or in the slack space of a server.”
“It is also likely that there are other work-related e-mails that they did not produce to State and that we did not find elsewhere, and that are now gone because they deleted all e-mails they did not return to State, and the lawyers cleaned their devices in such a way as to preclude complete forensic recovery,” the FBI added.
FBI Director Comey said that “no charges are appropriate in this case,” but reprimanded Clinton on her actions which he called “extremely careless.”
Public reaction to Comey’s announcement was very negative, since the FBI’s statements are quite contradictory, admitting that confidential information was leaked outside official channels, but not taking any legal action.
FBI director said Crooked Hillary compromised our national security. No charges. Wow!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
Says the man who once indicted me over a 23-word email that encouraged my team to save subpoenaed documents— Frank Quattrone (@FrankQuattrone)
Remember when they wanted to sendto jail for decades for allegedly leaking UNCLASSIFIED information? — unR̶A̶D̶A̶C̶K̶ted (@JesselynRadack)
If you believe Comey’s findings, it means Clinton publicly lied on key points on multiple occasions. But whatever.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald)
Not uncommon: Navy engineer sentenced for mishandling classified material— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald)