Americans have been waiting for the Obama administration to decide whether or not to indict Hillary Clinton for sending and hosting classified emails on her personal email server.
After months of FBI investigation, Attorney General Loretta Lynch recently sparked a furor when she privately met with former President Bill Clinton in Phoenix. The meeting was purely social, Lynch insisted.
But after a public outcry, Lynch announced she’d defer to the decisions of the FBI and career prosecutors on whether to proceed with an indictment.
That was followed by Clinton submitting to an FBI interview on Saturday. The transcript and findings of that interview have not been released, despite the requests of numerous Republicans.
Then in a surprise press conference Tuesday, FBI Director James Comey called out a litany of Clinton lies on her email servers. After going into detail on Clinton mishandling classified information, lying about the use of multiple devices and being dishonest about emailing staffers on official emails, Comey told the nation that he was not recommending an indictment.
Clinton was “extremely careless,” he said, but her actions didn’t justify charges.
FBI Director Does Not Recommend Charges Against Hillary Clinton https://t.co/SONucuIbbo
— IJR (@TheIJR) July 5, 2016
Wednesday evening, the news all political watchers were waiting for came down. In a statement, Lynch said she met with the FBI and prosecutors, as promised:
“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.”
Then the Attorney General gave the news. No charges:
“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 email saga, however, is far from over. FBI Director Comey’s statement, while giving Republicans a major card to play this fall, was met with a swift response from Capitol Hill.
On Tuesday, Republicans were calling on the FBI Director to testify on the Hill. By Wednesday, it was made official. Comey will testify in front of the House Oversight Committee on Thursday.