Attorney General Loretta Lynch made it official Wednesday: Hillary Clinton will not be charged for using a personal email server during her tenure as secretary of state, removing a long-looming shadow over her 2016 bid.
“Late this afternoon, I met with FBI Director James Comey and career prosecutors and agents who conducted the investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email system during her time as secretary of state,” Lynch said in a statement.
“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,” she said.
Clinton’s campaign quickly welcomed the news.
“With the AG accepting Director Comey’s recommendation, this case is resolved, no matter Republicans’ attempts to continue playing politics,” campaign spokesman Brian Fallon tweeted.
With the AG accepting Director Comey’s recommendation, this case is resolved, no matter Republicans’ attempts to continue playing politics
— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) July 6, 2016
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called the decision “a slap in the face to the many Americans entrusted with classified information who play by the rules and those who have been punished for lesser offenses.”
“Those who have mishandled classified information have had their security clearances revoked, lost their jobs, faced fines, and even been sent to prison, yet Hillary Clinton is being allowed to play by a different set of rules,” he said in a statement. “By so blatantly putting its political interests ahead of the rule of law, the Obama Administration is only further eroding the public’s faith in a government they no longer believe is on their side.”
Lynch’s announcement comes the day after Comey said in a news conference that he wasn’t recommending charges against Clinton — even as he slammed her as behavior “extremely careless.”
He also directly contradicted Clinton’s repeated claims that she never sent or received classified information over that private email server.
Source: CNN | Eric Bradner