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Washington - Justice Dept. Closes Clinton Email Probe With No Charges

Published on: July 6, 2016 06:44 PM
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United States Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks to Reuters in an exclusive interview in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., June 28, 2016.  REUTERS/Nancy Wiechec/File PhotoUnited States Attorney General Loretta Lynch speaks to Reuters in an exclusive interview in Phoenix, Arizona, U.S., June 28, 2016.  REUTERS/Nancy Wiechec/File Photo

Washington - The Justice Department’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email setup has been formally closed without any criminal charges, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday.

The decision had been expected and was largely a formality given FBI Director James Comey’s recommendation a day earlier against any prosecution. Even before Comey’s public statement, Lynch had said she intended to accept the recommendations of the FBI director and of her career prosecutors.

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Even so, it officially closes out an FBI investigation that had dogged Clinton for the last year and proved a major distraction on the campaign trail as she emerged as the Democratic presidential front-runner.

Lynch said she met with Comey and prosecutors Wednesday and agreed that the investigation, which looked into the potential mishandling of classified information, should be concluded.

“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,” Lynch said in a statement.

Comey, in an unusually detailed and public accounting of the investigation Tuesday, said “no reasonable prosecutor” would pursue a criminal case and said he was advising the Justice Department against bringing any charges.

But he also rebuked Clinton, who relied exclusively on a private email server as secretary of state, and her aides for being “extremely careless” with their handling of classified information.

“There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position ... should have known that an unclassified system was no place” for sensitive conversations, Comey said.

Comey was scheduled to face questions about that decision in an appearance Thursday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Lynch herself is scheduled for an oversight hearing next week on Capitol Hill.

FBI agents spent the last year investigating the matter following a referral from the intelligence community’s inspector general. As part of that investigation, investigators pored through tens of thousands of State Department emails and interviewed top Clinton aides — and finally, Clinton herself this past weekend.

Despite his critical assessment of Clinton’s email practices, Comey said there was no evidence that anyone intentionally or willfully mishandled classified information.

“No charges are appropriate in this case,” he said.

Lynch on Friday announced she was prepared to accept whatever findings and recommendations were presented to her by her investigative team.

Though she said she had already settled on that process, the announcement came just days after she had an unscheduled meeting with Bill Clinton aboard her plane in Phoenix. Lynch said the investigation was not discussed, but she acknowledged that the meeting had “cast a shadow” on the process and led to questions about the independence of the investigation.



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 Jul 06, 2016 at 07:09 PM Yup Says:

Dumb and Dumber! Lier and Bigger Lier!

If it were you or I, we would be in Jail by now, no doubt!

She knowingly had the 'highest level of security' emails on her private server, marked as such (thus, she knew about), and jeopardized the USA, and she isn't in jail???

She wouldn't pass a BASIC security/background check to work as a Janitor in the State Department because of her "extreme carelessness" with highly classified information, and she can run for President???!!!

Only morons (Democrats) would vote for her!

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 Jul 06, 2016 at 07:12 PM 54321 Says:

This is a bad day for America. This disgraceful hateful woman sold the American people long ago, all for power and greed. She's worse than her awful husband, she's as bad as Obama. Siblings from different mothers.

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 Jul 06, 2016 at 09:37 PM Esther Says:

That meeting o the tarmac evidently went well for the Clintons.

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 Jul 06, 2016 at 11:06 PM Anonymous Says:

I propose the US government make a name change. The currently titled "Department of Justice" should be renamed "Department of Political Overlook". I can think of a few permutations of that, and I encourage others to share their ideas.

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 Jul 08, 2016 at 03:58 PM Anonymous Says:

The entire Obama administration is the most corrupt in history! Did anyone ever really believe, that after Obama endorsed Hilary for president WEEKS AGO, that he made sure she wasn't going to get indicted?!?! How dumb the American people are....but that was obvious when they voted for this nefarious muslim-sympathizer twice.

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