July 05, 2016Jul 05, 2016

After a lengthy investigation of Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's personal e-mail account use for classified and other work-related information during her tenure as secretary of state, the FBI has concluded that it will not recommend any charges against her.


Despite reading through 30,000 emails that Hillary released for the investigation and finding 110 containing classified information, eight ranked as "Top Secret," and 2,000 upgraded to classified status at a later date, the FBI does not think Hillary should be punished for using her personal e-mail account to handle those e-mails in spite of her account's minimal level of security, according to a statement by FBI director James Comey.

On top of that, the FBI reports that thousands more e-mails not released by Hillary were discovered with three of them containing classified information. Many e-mails had been deleted, but Comey said there was no evidence they were deleted as part of a cover-up attempt. He said he didn't believe Hillary or her team of lawyers intentionally held any e-mails back from investigators.

Comey, speaking on behalf of the FBI, acknowledged that, "Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information."
While Comey rebuked Hillary for her carelessness in opening up classified information to the danger of hackers, he said that "we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts."

The FBI director then implied Hillary was getting off easy when he said, "To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now."

He then said the FBI was recommending that the Department of Justice not prosecute Hillary. According to the New York Times, Attorney General Loretta Lynch has already said she would accept any recommendation the FBI made.