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6 Of The Most Damning Quotes About Clinton From The FBI's Announcement


Hillary Clinton Addresses U.S. Conference Of Mayors Annual Meeting
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The political world erupted again this morning when the FBI unexpectedly held a press conference to announce that it would not be recommending criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for the mishandling of classified information on her private email server.

Most observers will no doubt pay attention to the headline - no charges - but the FBI's statement hardly cleared Clinton of any wrong-doing.

Instead, FBI Director James Comey laid into Clinton for 15 minutes as “extremely careless” and skewered popular talking points Clinton often used to defend herself.

Here are the 6 most damning revelations from Comey's statement.

It turns out her emails did contain classified information, though she insisted they did not.

110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received. Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information, which is the lowest level of classification.

Her behavior, while apparently not criminal, was “extremely careless.”

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.

Any reasonable person in Clinton's position would have known that what she was doing was wrong.

There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation.

It's possible that “hostile actors” could have hacked into her email system, although they found no direct evidence that it happened.

Given that combination of factors, we assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail account.

Most people would face some sort of administrative punishment for what Clinton did.

To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now.

There is evidence that Clinton broke the law, although the FBI feels there is not enough evidence to move ahead with criminal prosecution.

Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.

The left will breathe a sigh of relief that Clinton is no longer facing criminal prosecution. But James Comey- the sitting director of the FBI - publicly laid out the case that Clinton endangered U.S. intelligence assets with her reckless judgment.

Clinton may have dodged a bullet here, but she doesn't have much reason to celebrate.

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