Comey: FBI Does Not Recommend Charges For Hillary Clinton


FBI Director James Comey announced the bureau will not recommend the Department of Justice charge Hillary Clinton for having a private server during her tenure as Secretary of State. After explaining the lengths FBI agents went to investigate Clinton and her server Comey said no criminal charges should be brought.

Comey does not believe that "hostile actors" hacked into Clinton's server, however he said the FBI does believe hackers gained access to e-mail accounts Clinton corresponded with.

"[They] gained access to the private commercial e-mail accounts of people with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her personal account," he said.

Comey revealed that Clinton did not have a singular server but several, some used to replace old ones. Comey also admonished those who communicated with Clinton saying they should have known better than to correspond with a non-government e-mail address.

"Even if information is not marked classified, participants discussing the information should know better," he said.

Comey said despite the carelessness Clinton showed there was no intentional misconduct and the FBI will not recommend charges against Clinton:

COMEY: With respect to our recommendation to the Department of Justice. In our system, the prosecutors make the decisions about whether charges are appropriate based on evidence that the FBI helps collect. Although we don't normally making public our recommendations to the prosecutors, we frequently make recommendations and engage in productive conversations with prosecutors about what resolution may be appropriate, given the evidence.

In this case, given the importance of the matter, I think unusual transparency is in order. 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.

Prosecutors necessarily weigh a number of factors before deciding whether to bring charges. There are obvious considerations, especially regarding intent. Responsible decisions also consider the context of a person's actions, and how similar situations have been handled in the past. In looking back at our investigations into the mishandling or removal of classified information, we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts.

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