The FBI has recommended that no charges be filed against Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server when she was Secretary of State.
But, in making that announcement Tuesday, FBI Director James Comey also reprimanded Clinton and her colleagues for being “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”
“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. “Prosecutors necessarily weigh a number of factors before deciding whether to bring charges.”
Brian Fallon, a Clinton spokesman, released a statement responding to the FBI’s decision against recommending charges in the case.
“We are pleased that the career officials handling this case have determined that no further action by the Department is appropriate,” Fallon said. “As the Secretary has long said, it was a mistake to use her personal email and she would not do it again. We are glad that this matter is now resolved.”
For his part, GOP presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump said the FBI’s decision against indicting Clinton over the email issue is an example of the “rigged system” he has railed against during his campaign.
“Because of our rigged system that holds the American people to one standard and people like Hillary Clinton to another, it does not look like she will be facing the criminal charges that she deserves,” Trump’s statement reads, adding that “it was no accident that charges were not recommended against Hillary the exact same day as President Obama campaigns with her for the first time” for Clinton’s 2016 presidential bid.