The FBI will not recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for activities related to her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday.
Comey said Clinton had engaged in “extremely careless” behavior but that “no charges are appropriate.”
Comey spoke just three days after the FBI had interviewed Clinton. The decision removes what could have put Clinton in a nearly impossible situation – even for the Clintons: Running for president while under indictment.
Comey said it was possible that enemies of the United States had gained access to her server. And he said there was “evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information.” Nevertheless, he said that after comparing what she did to others who had engaged in similar activities, he concluded that “no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”
Comey said the agency, through various methods, including a sweep of her servers on which emails had been deleted, found thousands of work-related emails that were not among the 30,000 emails she turned over and which she said represented the totality of her work-related missives. So, she lied. Isn’t that perjury? Whatever.
Clinton’s attorneys did not read her emails in totality before deciding what to hand over. They then deleted the emails they kept. And they then “cleaned their devices in such a way as to preclude complete forensic recovery,” Comey said. Sounds like a coverup to me. And a successful one, apparently.
President Obama’s highly politicized Justice Department is certain to accept the recommendation. In what may or may not be a coincidence, Obama will appear with Clinton on the campaign trail today in North Carolina.
Here are some outtakes from Comey’s announcement:
And here is his full statement: