Yesterday F.B.I. Director James Comey released an official public statement concerning Hilary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail server during her time as Secretary of State and concluded that the use of her own e-mail server was “extremely careless” but didn’t rise to the level of criminal wrongdoing or criminal charges.
The F.B.I. investigation specifically focused on whether the classified information which was transmitted on her personal system was “improperly stored or transmitted on that personal system, in violation of a federal statute making it a felony to mishandle classified information either intentionally or in a grossly negligent way, or a second statute making it a misdemeanor to knowingly remove classified information from appropriate systems or storage facilities.”
Careless Handling Of Confidential Information But No Intention Of Violating Classified Information Laws
The findings from the F.B.I investigation determined there was “no clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information” and there was “no evidence that any of Clinton’s additional work-related e-mails were intentionally deleted in an effort to conceal them.”
“Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information” Comey said.
F.B.I. Director James Comey later explained the F..B.I completed extensive work to understand what “indications” there might be of compromise by “hostile actors” in connection with the personal e-mail operation and they “did not find direct evidence that Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail domain was successfully hacked.”
However, Comey acknowledged that it would be difficult to see such direct evidence.
Lax Security Culture Found Elsewhere In The State Department
Comey noted that the F.B.I also developed evidence that the “security culture of the State Department in general, and with respect to use of unclassified e-mail systems in particular, was generally lacking in the kind of care for classified information found elsewhere in the government” which confirms that Clinton wasn’t the only government official serving in the State Department who was careless in the handling of confidential information.
Comey said that the Department of Justice makes final decisions on matters like this and noted that the F.B.I. is expressing to the Justice Department their view that “no charges are appropriate in this case.”
Here’s my new You Tube Video that contains some further commentary about Clinton’s role with Benghazi and her e-mail server.