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FBI “No Charges” but…

FBI Director James Comey delivering agency’s recommendation, Photo Credit: AP

The day after a long 4th of July weekend for Hillary Clinton, FBI Director James Comey announced the Bureau recommends to the DOJ “no charges are appropriate in this case.” Director Comey’s announcement comes just a couple of days after the FBI interviewed Clinton for 3 1/2 hours.

As liberating as the announcement may be to Clinton, it left a bizarre avenue for criticism and still found the Secretary guilty of “careless” wrongdoing. For her carelessness, Comey said Clinton might be “subject to security or administrative sanctions” but that decision wasn’t being made during this investigation.

Her intent was the centerpiece of the investigation and that was clear during this announcement. In citing previous cases, Comey explained how the accused in those cases portrayed “clearly intentional and willful mishandling of classified information.” Given this argument, their decision is understandable, especially given the fact investigations similar to this one have not led to indictments or successful upholding of judgments.

Despite recommending no charges for Clinton, Comey repeatedly slammed her and the State Department for how they handled sensitive information through the private server. Comey said evidence proved Clinton and State never “intended to violate laws” but did show “extremely careless” behavior handling the information in the emails. At one point, he even expressed how the State Department’s secure handling of classified information was “generally lacking in the kind of care for classified information found elsewhere in the government.” In addition, he outlined the number of emails which held several different classified markings. The classified marks being present was something Clinton originally denied, but Director Comey says regardless of markings, someone in her [Clinton’s]position knows or should know what is sensitive and what is not. Regardless of how “careless” or negligent Clinton may have been, the decision has been made. Up next, the DOJ will make a decision on whether or not to indict Hillary, which it probably won’t.