After $2 million worth of investigation, presidential nominee and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton was cleared of intention wrongdoing in her email scandal. On Tuesday, FBI Director James Comey announced that no criminal charges should be brought against her.
The case will ultimately be decided by the Dept. of Justice. However, experts say it is not expected that the DOJ will override Comey’s recommendation.
While serving as secretary of state, Clinton was accused of mishandling her emails containing classified information, and then lying about it. She has always maintained that she never knowingly transmitted classified information through her private email servers. However, according to the FBI investigation, out of 30,000 emails reviewed, 8 email chains included top secret information, 36 included secret information and 8 included confidential information.
While Comey stopped short of saying Clinton deliberately tried to cover up certain emails, he did describe her handling of classified information as “extremely careless.” He added that “Our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would make bring such a case.”
Republicans were not happy about the results of the investigation. They contend that Clinton was involved in a massive cover up. “We have discovered a very troubling and continuing pattern of abuse of power,” Sen. Alfonse D’Amato (R-New York) said. “This administration believed evasion and obstruction were more important than the truth,” Sen. Connie Mack (R-Florida) added.
The email scandal is a de javu to another one involving former President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary 20 years ago—Whitewater. The controversy involved a failed real estate investment in which the Clintons were accused of using their political muscle to benefit financially after losing $40,000. Bill was Governor of Arkansas at the time. They were cleared of all charges due to a lack of sufficient evidence. James Comey also carried out the Whitewater investigation as deputy special council
President Barack Obama campaigned with Clinton in Charlotte, NC just hours after Comey’s announcement. Taking a swipe at Republican candidate Donald Trump, the president said:
“I’m here to tell you that nobody fully understands the challenges of being a president until you sit at that desk. . .Everybody can tweet, but nobody actually knows what it takes to do the job.
“But I can tell you this: Hillary Clinton has been tested. She has seen up close what is involved in making those decisions, she has participated in the meetings in which those decisions have been made.”