Hillary Clinton

It's Official: No Charges for Hillary Clinton over Email Scandal

A.G. Loretta Lynch accepts FBI recommendation.


Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the Justice Department was accepting the FBI's recommendations and will not be charging Hillary Clinton with any crimes over her use of private servers to store emails (some classified) she received and sent as secretary of state.

From USA Today:

Lynch had previously said she would accept the recommendation of the FBI and prosecutors in the case and she reiterated that in a brief Wednesday statement.

"Late this afternoon, I met with FBI Director James Comey and career prosecutors and agents who conducted the investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email system during her time as Secretary of State," she said. "I received and accepted their unanimous recommendation that the thorough, year-long investigation be closed and that no charges be brought against any individuals within the scope of the investigation."

The attorney general sparked controversy last week after it was revealed that she'd met briefly with Clinton's husband, former president Bill Clinton, when the two crossed paths while traveling at the Phoenix airport. Although she maintained they hadn't discussed the case and had mainly talked about personal matters, she said on Friday that she "certainly wouldn't do this again" and made clear she would accept whatever decision Comey and the team conducting the investigation arrived at.

This morning Jacob Sullum evaluated whether Clinton's carelessness could seriously be treated as felony gross negligence. Yesterday I noted how the Department of Justice on the Obama administration had not shied away from prosecuting others who had mishandled classified information. And below, ReasonTV highlighted the massive differences in what Hillary Clinton has said about her private server use versus what the FBI actually determined to be true: