Though FBI found that Hillary Clinton and her staff were “extremely careless” with State Department emails hosted on a private server, no criminal charges will be brought against the former secretary and current presidential candidate.
The FBI found “several thousand” work-related emails that were not turned over to the State Department by Hillary Clinton, FBI Director James Comey said.
“Three of those were classified at the time,” he added.
None of those emails were intentionally deleted to hide information, the FBI director said.
Though Clinton’s lawyers scrubbed the email servers in a way that precluded further forensic examination, the FBI is confident “there was no intentional misconduct” by them, Comey said.
While the FBI thinks that Clinton and her associates did not deliberately mishandle the emails, “there is evidence that they were extremely careless” in handling highly classified information, Comey said.
“None of these emails should have been on any kind of unclassified system,” he said, and the fact that they were hosted on a private server, without adequate technical support and protection, was even worse.
The FBI “did not find direct evidence that Clinton’s personal email domain was hacked successfully.”
However, the actors who could have hacked it successfully would have left no trace, the director noted. Given that, “it is possible that hostile actors gained access.” (Editor’s Note: We told you yesterday that WikiLeaks released more than 1,000 of Clinton’s private emails.)
“No reasonable prosecutor” would bring criminal charges in this case, Comey announced.
The investigation was done “honestly, competently and independently,” with no outside influence, Comey maintained. “Only facts matter. And the FBI found them here in an entirely apolitical and professional way.”
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Source: RT USA