A lengthy probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation has found that Hillary Clinton should not face charges for using a personal email service while she was Secretary of State, although her handling of classified information in email communications was “extremely careless.”
FBI Director James Comey (pictured above) announced the findings of his agency’s investigation in a press briefing this morning in Washington, D.C. He said the FBI would recommend to the U.S. Department of Justice that “no charges are appropriate in this case,” although he noted it would be up to the Justice Department to make a final decision on the matter.
The FBI investigation began last July after the Intelligence Community Inspector General issued a referral indicating that Clinton’s use of a private email service could have involved mishandling of classified information. Comey said today that the FBI reached its conclusion without any coordination or review with the Justice Department or any other government agency.
Eight Chains with ‘Top Secret’ Info
Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, served as Secretary of State under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2013. During her time at the U.S. Department of State, she used several private email servers rather than the federal government’s systems to send and receive work-related emails.
Clinton and the State Department have said those privately managed emails did not contain any information that was classified at the time they were sent. However, Comey said today that the FBI’s investigation found that out of 30,000 messages provided by Clinton to the State Department, 110 in 52 email chains contained information that was classified at the time. They included eight email chains with top secret information, the highest classification, along with 36 containing secret information and eight with confidential information.
The investigation also found that three of…