CHARLOTTE: The FBI recommended Tuesday that no charges be brought over Hillary Clinton´s email use while secretary of state, taking a weight off the presumptive Democratic nominee´s shoulders as she hit the campaign trail with Barack Obama for the first time.
But the FBI´s assessment, which found that Clinton was “extremely careless” in sending classified information via her personal email account, is far from the complete exoneration she had hoped for as she seeks to rally Democrats in her showdown with Republican Donald Trump.
She and Obama were headed to Charlotte, North Carolina for the first in a series of high-profile rallies that Clinton hopes will energize voters, particularly minorities who remain enamored with the outgoing president, in crucial battleground states where the race will be decided.
The rally comes just hours after Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in Washington said he will recommend that Justice Department prosecutors file no criminal charges in the Clinton email investigation.
Comey said that after an exhaustive probe, carried out with no political agenda, investigators found no evidence of “intentional misconduct” by Clinton or her close aides.
But in a stinging rebuke, he said the FBI found that Clinton and her team “were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”
Comey´s conclusion that Clinton did send and receive information that was deemed classified, and in some cases top secret, at the time of transmission contradicts Clinton´s repeated assertion that she never sent classified information through her personal email account or homebrew server.
The FBI accusations of carelessness are sure to fuel the Trump-led Republican narrative that the Clintons have operated above the law for years.
“FBI director said Crooked Hillary compromised our national security. No charges. Wow!” Trump said on Twitter minutes after Comey´s remarks. “The system is rigged.”
While not as legally damaging as a prosecution would be, Comey´s judgement is far from the all-clear that the Clinton team would have hoped for.
“Recommending no charges but rebuking @HillaryClinton for carelessness, is about best result she could get,” Obama´s former advisor David Axelrod said on Twitter.
Courtesy : TheNews