The FBI won’t recommend criminal charges against Democratic presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for her use of a personal email server as secretary of state in the Obama administration.
FBI director James B. Comey said in a press conference last Tuesday that “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring a case against Clinton for her handling of classified information as Secretary of State.
After Comey’s announcement to not recommend criminal charges, the Justice Department announced it will not prosecute Clinton.
This means that the Clinton campaign can now go forward with the knowledge that there will not be any criminal charges.
But Clinton should expect some political fallout from the FBI investigation of her use of personal email.
Clinton and her aides were “extremely careless” handling classified information, said Comey.
Despite Clinton’s repeated public statements that there was no classified information on her personal email server, the FBI probe found that classified information was in fact on the server. By placing classified information on her unsecure personal email server Clinton made classified information possibly available to America’s enemies.
Comey said that “we [FBI] assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary of State Clinton’s personal email account.”
The FBI findings, especially Comey’s remarks, could reinforce a view of Clinton among many voters that she is dishonest and exercises poor judgment.
Despite Trump’s many reckless and xenophobic remarks and shaky business dealings, polls show that most voters see Clinton as less trustworthy than Trump.
A recent Quinnipiac University survey found that voters believe Trump is more honest and trustworthy (45-37) than Clinton.
Clinton should expect that Trump and his supporters will use the FBI director’s remarks against her in the presidential campaign.
In a normal election year, the FBI director’s remarks would be devastating to a presidential candidate. The silver lining for Clinton is that she is running against Trump.