Wednesday, 6 July 2016
No criminal charges in e-mail probe, says FBI
The FBI won’t recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private e-mail server while Secretary of State, agency Director James Comey said on Tuesday, lifting a major legal threat to her presidential campaign.Mr. Comey’s decision almost certainly brings the legal part of theissue to a close and removes the threat of criminal charges. Attorney General Loretta Lynch had said last week that she would accept the recommendations of the FBI director and of career prosecutors.
A blistering review “No charges are appropriate in this case,” Mr. Comey said in making his announcement.But Mr. Comey made that statement after he delivered a blistering review of Ms. Clinton’s actions, saying the FBI found that 110 e-mails were sent or received on Ms. Clinton’s server containing classified information.He said Ms. Clinton and her aides were “extremely careless” and added that it was possible that people hostile to the U.S. had gained access to her personal e-mail account.Yet he added that after looking at similar circumstances, the agency believed that “no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case”.The announcement came three days after the FBI interviewed Ms. Clinton for hours in a final step of its year-long investigation.Though his recommendation apparently ends the legal threat, it’s unlikely to wipe away many voters’ concerns about Ms. Clinton’s trustworthiness. And it probably won’t stop Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who has called for criminal charges, from continuing to make the server a campaign issue.Ms. Clnton’s personal e-mail server, which she relied on exclusively for government and personal business, has dogged her campaign since The Associated Press revealed its existence in March 2015. — AP Agency finds that 110 e-mails containing classified information were sent or received on Hillary’s server.