In a very unusual press conference by the FBI Director James Comey, it was announced that the FBI does not recommend that leading Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton be indicted for the way she handled classified government information during her time as Secretary of State. Comey said that, although the way she handled her email was “extremely careless,” “no reasonable prosecutor” would press charges on a case like this.
The investigation into the emails that Clinton sent while in office began a year ago after it was discovered that she sent classified government emails on a personal, non-government email server. During the investigation, Clinton agreed to turn over 55,000 emails that she sent while in office; she withheld about half of the total emails stating that they were about personal issues like yoga classes. Clinton had said that she did not send any classified government information over a personal email server, but about two dozen “top secret” emails were found.
Comey also said that it was possible that people who are hostile to the United States may have gained access to those emails that Clinton sent.
Leading Republican candidate, Donald Trump, has already tweeted out his opinion on the findings saying, “The system is rigged. General Petraeus got in trouble for far less. Very very unfair! As usual, bad judgment,” and, “FBI director said Crooked Hillary compromised our national security. No charges. Wow! #RiggedSystem.”