FBI Recommends No Criminal Charges in Hillary Clinton Email Investigation, Says She Was ‘Extremely Careless’

Donald Trump tweets response: 'The system is rigged'
July 5, 2016 Updated: July 5, 2016

The FBI recommends no criminal charges in presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s private email investigation, the agency’s director, James Comey, announced on July 5.

Officials investigated the former Secretary of State’s handling of private emails and read approximately 30,000 emails Clinton handed over to the FBI in 2014 in a “painstaking undertaking,” said Comey. Within the approximately 30,000 emails, 110 emails in 52 email chains were determined by the FBI to be classified at the time of sending, Comey said. 

Eight email chains were deemed “top secret,” 36 “secret,” and eight “confidential” at the time of sending, said Comey. 

He said Clinton should have known “an unclassified system was no place for that conversation.”

The agency also found several thousand work-related emails that were not given to the FBI because they were deleted over the years. Comey says those emails were not intentionally deleted, but were part of files that were periodically erased or purged.

Comey said Clinton used several different servers and used multiple devices to communicate. The FBI director said none of the emails should have been on an unclassified system, adding that even if files are not marked classified people should still be careful.

He also said it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Clinton’s personal email account.

Comey said there is “no clear evidence” Clinton and her staff intended to violate laws, but said she was “extremely careless in handling classified information.”

“We cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts,” he said. 

The announcement comes after the FBI interviewed Clinton for three and a half hours on Saturday. 

The announcement comes after a controversial meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and the presidential candidate’s husband, Bill Clinton, at an airport in Phoenix.

Comey said there was no outside influence on the FBI’s recommendation, and that the case was handled “honestly,” adding “we did our investigation the right way.”

Presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump responded to the FBI’s recommendation via Twitter. 

“The system is rigged. General Petraeus got in trouble for far less. Very very unfair! As usual, bad judgment,” Trump tweeted shortly after Comey’s announcement. “FBI director said Crooked Hillary compromised our national security. No charges. Wow! #RiggedSystem.