US Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server has been closed and no criminal charges will be brought. In doing so, Lynch is accepting the Federal Bureau of Investigation's recommendation issued by Director James Comey in a press conference yesterday.
"Late this afternoon, I met with FBI Director James Comey and career prosecutors and agents who conducted the investigation of secretary Hilary Clinton's use of a personal email system during her as Secretary of State," Lynch said in a statement issued by the Department of Justice this afternoon. "I received and accepted their unanimous recommendation that the thorough, year-long investigation be closed and that no charges be brought against any individuals within the scope of the investigation." Lynch said last week she would defer to the FBI in the email inquiry, following a controversial airport meeting with former President Bill Clinton.
"I received and accepted their unanimous recommendation."
The decision is sure to have a widespread ramifications on the presidential election, in which Clinton is the presumptive Democratic nominee. In not bringing criminal charges against Clinton for storing classified information on a privately managed email server in her home, the DOJ has removed one of the largest looming clouds hanging over her campaign for the presidency. Despite the FBI having discovered as many 110 emails in 52 email chains contained classified information, Clinton was cleared of any wrongdoing. The reasoning, according to Comey, was that Clinton and her aides were "extremely careless," but not criminal, in their handling of sensitive government files.
"Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case," Comey said yesterday. "All the cases prosecuted involved some combination of clearly intentional and willful mishandling of classified information, or vast quantities of materials exposed in such a way as to support an inference of intentional misconduct, or indications of disloyalty to the United States, or efforts to obstruct justice. We do not see those things here."