The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said on Tuesday that it will not press charges against Hillary Clinton. The FBI had opened an investigation after discovering Clinton had operated a private email server during her tenure as U.S. Secretary of State.
“We cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts,” FBI Director James Comey said on Tuesday. “All of the cases prosecuted involved some combination of clearly intentional and willful mishandling of classified information or vast quantities of information exposed in such a way as to support an inference of intentional misconduct or indications of disloyalty to the U.S. or efforts to obstruct justice. We do not see those things here.”
Comey said that it was possible a nefarious party could have hacked Hillary Clinton’s email server but found no evidence of that occurring. “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 explained.
Comey added that “no outside influence of any kind was brought to bear,” a nod to concerns that former president Bill Clinton’s meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch did not affect the FBI’s decision. Lynch said late last week that she did not discuss the case with Mr. Clinton during a 30-minute meeting on an airport tarmac.