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In a surprise press conference on Tuesday, FBI Director James Comey announced what was found in their investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server.
Speaking inside the FBI headquarters in Washington, Comey said the investigation focused on the transfer of classified information through Clinton's email server, adding:
“None of these emails should have been on any unclassified system.”
Comey added that piecing together Clinton's network of devices “has been a painstaking undertaking,” but he cautioned that there is no reason to believe the missing emails were intentionally deleted.
By the numbers, the FBI investigation determined:
- 110 emails contained classified information.
- 8 contained top secret information.
- Nearly 2,000 additional were emails classified later.
Because Clinton did not use a government system or commercial service, Comey said, “there was no archiving at all of her emails.”
Comey did not recommend charges against Clinton, saying:
“Our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”
Comey's announcement comes on the heels of Clinton's three-and-a-half hour interview with FBI officials concerning her use of a private server and email address during her tenure as Secretary of State.
Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill described the FBI interview as “voluntary,” before insisting that she will not comment on the matter any further.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch has said she will respect the recommendations by the FBI and career prosecutors, so this announcement substantially reduces the odds of an indictment.