FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday that the FBI is recommending no charges be filed against Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server while leading the State Department.
Until now, Comey has been widely viewed as an independent, upright lawman. That reputation should be in tatters by the end of the day on right-wing channels, at least.
Bill Clinton’s ill-advised chitchat with the attorney general recently unlikely had a thing to do with this, but, again: No need to try to inject that in the Fox echo chamber.
“Although the Department of Justice makes final decisions on matters like this, we are expressing to Justice our view that no charges are appropriate in this case,” Comey said Tuesday.
Comey began his address by explaining what investigators found during their investigation. He said that the investigation showed that 110 emails in 52 email chains were determined to include classified information at the time they were received. [but they were not marked classified, the New York Times said.]
Comey also said the FBI assessed that there was no direct evidence that Clinton’s personal email domain was hacked. It is possible, however, that hostile actors gained access, he added.
He characterized the investigation findings as showing that Clinton and her team were “extremely careless” but he said there was no clear evidence they intended to violate the law.
Still, Comey said the FBI’s recommendation is that Clinton no face criminal charges for her actions.
“Our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” he said.
Clinton gave a 3.5-hour interview to the FBI over the weekend. In addition to the FBI probe, the matter remains the subject of multiple lawsuits and congressional reviews. Comey’s statement, in other words, isn’t likely to bring the matter to a close, though it does seem likely to end the dreams some had of an indictment to kill Clinton’s candidacy for president. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has said she’d accept the findings of her department and not weigh in personally.
Noted: Conservatives have written repeatedly about Comey’s probity. No reliable commentator had suggested the evidence could possibly lead to criminal charges, however poor (and futile) the judgment might have been to use a separate server in an attempt to protect personal communication from others.
I notice one Fox Stations’ handling of the news puts “Extremely Careless” as the lead headline in large yellow type, with the recommendation not to prosecuted in a much smaller secondary headline.