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Monday, August 21, 2017

The investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of private email while secretary of state is closed, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Wednesday, removing a legal cloud that threatened the presumptive Democratic nominee’s presidential bid.

Lynch said she accepted the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s recommendations that no charges be brought in the probe, as Republicans made clear they would not let Clinton’s email headaches fade away easily.

“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,” Lynch said in a statement.

With the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential and congressional elections beginning to heat up, Republicans called on the administration to make public key documents in the Clinton email case.

Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee for president, speaking at a campaign rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, accused Clinton, his likely Democratic opponent, of bribing Lynch to decide not to press charges.

He was referring to reports, including in the New York Times

this week, that Clinton, if elected president, might ask Lynch to stay on as attorney general.

“She said she’s going to reappoint the attorney general and the attorney general is waiting to make a determination as to whether or not she’s guilty. And boy was that a fast determination, wow,” Trump said, adding, “That’s bribery folks.”

On Capitol Hill, Representative Steve Scalise, the No. 3 House of Representatives Republican, reacted to Lynch’s announcement by proclaiming: “Secretary Clinton broke the law and lied about it.”

Senior Senate Republicans insisted that the FBI’s investigation be made available to the public, including a transcript of the more than three hours Clinton spent last Saturday in an interview conducted by the agency.

Shortly before Lynch’s announcement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters, “I think the next step…is to compare what Hillary Clinton said to the FBI with what Hillary Clinton’s been saying to all of us over the last couple of years during this controversy.”

In a blistering attack on Clinton, John Cornyn of Texas, the second-ranking Senate Republican, said on the Senate floor: “The bottom line is Secretary Clinton actively sought out ways to hide her actions as much as possible” by using a private email account while heading the State Department. “And in so doing, she put our country at risk” by leaving those emails vulnerable to computer hackers.

Democrats have questioned Republicans’ motives and accused them of squandering taxpayer dollars with lengthy investigations that have failed to uncover illegal activities.

“Republicans are in such desperate shape because of Trump (that) they would seize upon anything” to divert attention, said Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid.

And Senator Patrick Leahy, the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a statement following Lynch’s announcement: “This investigation is closed and that should be the end of this matter.”

On Tuesday, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey said Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, had been “extremely careless” in her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, but he recommended no criminal charges be filed in the case.

Comey, who was deputy attorney general during the George W. Bush administration before becoming FBI director in 2013, is scheduled to testify on Thursday before a House committee, where Republicans and Democrats are expected to press him on his findings in the Clinton case.

Lynch said she met on Wednesday afternoon with Comey and the career prosecutors and agents who had investigated whether Clinton broke the law as result of email servers kept in her Chappaqua, New York, home. One question is whether she mishandled classified information.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Republican, said on Wednesday it appeared Clinton received preferential treatment from the FBI.

Asked whether a special prosecutor should be named to investigate the matter, Ryan said the House would not “foreclose any options.”

But Ryan did say that because of her messy handling of emails while serving as secretary of state, Clinton should be denied access to classified information during the campaign.

Presidential candidates normally get such briefings once they are formally nominated. McConnell, Ryan’s Senate counterpart, stopped short of calling for such action.

Clinton’s campaign was anxious to move on after Comey‘s announcement, saying in a statement on Tuesday it was pleased with the FBI decision.

 

Reporting by Eric Beech and Richard Cowan; Editing by Peter Cooney and Andrew Hay

Photo: U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivers a campaign speech outside the shuttered Trump Plaza in Atlantic City, New Jersey, July 6, 2016.  REUTERS/Brian Snyder

8 Responses to U.S. Attorney General Closes Clinton Email Probe, Says No Charges

  1. Desperate idiots. First they skew their primaries to over-represent the most radical, and extreme factions of a Party already dangerously flirting with the fringe. (Very idiotic.) And that naturally produces what is without question the most markedly unqualified nominee by far, to ever be presented for consideration by a major American Party. (Idiotic move II)

    Of course now, they find themselves completely on the hook, and at the mercy of this unbridled riff-rabble they’ve stupidly created. With hardly a way to mitigate the damage they know full well is coming. Except of course, another investigation. Held at the public’s expense, that might somehow, and by some miracle drag the very qualified, very experienced, Clinton down to the level of their nasty, money grubbing, race baiting, crooked dealing megalomaniac. Desperate Idiots.

  2. Republicans have been trying to destroy this family for the better part of 25 years, possibly more. The Clinton’s are no angels but they’re certainly no worse than any other career politicians. The fact that this has been going on for so long proves just how transparent the Republicans have been in their efforts and only serves to discredit the Republican party’s claims. Hillary must be damn powerful
    to be able to beat all these charges against her time and time again. Welcome to the clown circus folks!

  3. Awwww… imagine the shock our trolls are going through right now… They were SO CERTAIN that Hillary would be indicted… (despite all the rather obvious evidence to the contrary… for example the inability to prove mens rea, without which you don’t have a case…)

    Come on trolls…. let it all out.
    We’re here to laugh at you for your inability to understand basic facts and logic.

    We’ll be here after Trump loses to laugh at you again.
    …. queue frothing…. in 3… 2… 1…

  4. Is anyone surprised that Republicans of every description are still going after the Clinton’s? Their zeal in trying to dump Hillary Clinton reminds me of their zeal in trying to overturn the ACA. Since the AG has decided not to pursue the email mess, what good would a special prosecutor do, other than waste more money. I’m guessing that gaskets are being blown all over the GOP right now.

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