As we expected. More as it becomes available. In his statement, Dir. Comey said she handled classified with gross negiligence (without criminal intent) which is a felony. Much of the conversation now is the surprise, after Comey laid out the details, that he *didn’t* announce a referral for charges. I thought the favor would be misdemeanor charges against Hillary instead of felony charges.
Bottom line: There is no Rule of Law for the ruling class. It’s that simple. From Christian Whiton on Fox: “This is a fundamentally corrupt decision.”
So @FBI is saying Hillary might not be a criminal but she is an incompetent moron. "Elect me! I'm just dangerously dumb!"
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) July 5, 2016
FBI Director James Comey announced Tuesday he will not recommend the Department of Justice seek criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her personal email use while secretary of state.
The decision helps remove what was arguably the biggest threat to her presidential campaign going forward – a criminal referral that could have led to an indictment – just weeks before her party’s national convention in Philadelphia where she is set to seal her nomination as the Democrat standard bearer.
Clinton consistently had downplayed the FBI investigation, even calling it a “security review,” and as recently as June 3 said there was “absolutely no possibility” she’d be indicted. Weeks ago, a scathing State Department inspector general report directly countered her long-running claim that her personal email use was allowed, though her campaign continued to defend the candidate’s actions.
In the wake of that report, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump stepped up his criticism of her email actions and said she belongs in “jail.”
The DOJ decision does not strip the email controversy as a campaign issue – Trump and the Republicans are sure to keep hammering it as the campaign lurches into full general election mode post-conventions – but shows the federal investigation did not determine the actions to be criminal, even if they were ill-advised and potentially damaging to national security.
The decision comes more than a year after knowledge of Clinton’s use of a personal email and server first became public. Clinton responded at the time with a point-by-point written explanation and a press conference in which she said she had opted to use her personal server for “convenience.”
It's an outrage. A political protection. She sent classified info. on an unsecured server. https://t.co/nJ3zlpscsL
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) July 5, 2016
FBI director said Crooked Hillary compromised our national security. No charges. Wow! #RiggedSystem
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2016
FBI recommends no charges be filed vs. Hillary – after listing many ways she violated statutes on classified info.https://t.co/QdWHpRJ3TC
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) July 5, 2016