In a press conference in early July 2016, FBI Director James Comey announced that the FBI was not recommending charges against Hillary Clinton as a result of the FBI’s investigation into her emails.
Unfortunately, new evidence proves Comey knowingly exonerated Clinton and closed the FBI’s investigation without the key evidence to do so!
According to Time on July 5th, 2016
FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday that “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring a criminal case against Hillary Clinton over her use of a personal email server as Secretary of State, though he criticized her handling of the emails.
Comey said that 110 of Clinton’s emails contained classified information at the time they were sent and received, adding that Clinton and her staff were “extremely careless” in their handling of classified information and that it’s possible “hostile actors” could have gained access to the server.
“Although there is evidence of potential violations, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” Comey said.“We are expressing to [the] Justice [Department] our view that no charges are appropriate in this case.” He said the FBI found “no intentional misconduct.”
“This is not to suggest that in similar circumstances a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences,” Comey added. “To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to a security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now.”
The Justice Department will make the final decision on whether to bring charges against Clinton now that the FBI’s investigation has concluded. Attorney General Loretta Lynch previously said she expected to follow the FBI’s recommendation.
The key reason Comey did not charge Clinton in regard to the email scandal is that Comey couldn’t prove criminal intent:
“We could not prove that the people sending the information, either in that case or the other case with the secretary, were acting with any kind of men’s rea, with any kind of criminal intent,” he concluded.
FBI Agent Peter Strzok and the DOJ’s David Laufman interviewed Clinton on July 2nd, 2016. She was not placed under oath nor recorded. In attendance were David E. Kendall, Cheryl Mills, Heather Samuelson, Katherine Turner, Amy Saharia, two FBI agents, and six DOJ officials.
During the FBI interview, Hillary testified she didn’t know the big “C” meant classified during her testimony to the FBI, which then formed the basis for Comey’s decision to not charge Clinton criminally:
After reviewing an email dated April 9, 2012, with subject line ‘Call to President Banda,’ CLINTON stated she did not remember the email specifically,” the FBI’s notes say. “When asked what the parenthetical ‘C’ meant before a paragraph within the captioned email, CLINTON stated she did not know and could only speculate it was referencing paragraphs marked in alphabetical order. CLINTON could not say for sure if the parenthetical ‘C’ is used for portion marking classified documents.”
A few hours after Hillary was interviewed by the FBI and DOJ, she told CNN through a phone interview that she never had possession of anything classified (after she spent hours being shown email after email after email with a classified marking on them).
In short, Comey didn’t have the evidence in place to know whether Clinton even did or did not act with criminal intent before exonerating Clinton. The key evidence of interviewing those who provided Hillary with instructions on how to handle classified emails had not yet taken place when the interview with Hillary on July 2nd 2016 occurred.
2016-07-02 Midyear DOJ7:03 pm Peter Strzok text: Yeah. If we want the draft done for the D [Director Comey] tomorrow, post-edit.[source]
2016-07-02 Midyear DOJ7:22 pm Peter Strzok text: Also, talked to [redacted]. He said the two details never talk to each other.[source]
2016-07-02 Midyear DOJ7:56 pm Lisa Page text: And hey, remind me a brief call with andy [McCabe]. He agrees finding out those answers probably doesn’t change anything, but I still think that he expects you guys to do so, even post-Tuesday. Anyway, we’ll talk.[source]
2016-07-02 Midyear DOJ7:59 pm Peter Strzok text: And how do we do an investigation after D announces we’ve completed it? We believe we know the guy who did a brief, [redacted][source]
2016-07-02 Midyear DOJ8:06 pm Lisa Page text: Because the D says he’s not going to say complete, just nearly complete or something like that.[source]
2016-07-02 Midyear DOJ8:08 pm Peter Strzok text: Ok. [Redacted]. We can go there. Any other due outs? I suppose I should just wait to talk to you.[source]
2016-07-02 Midyear DOJ8:08 pm Lisa Page text: No, just that they both thought it would be important to get the answer to the questions about her security indoctrination, ongoing training, etc.[source]
2016-07-02 Midyear DOJ8:09 pm Lisa Page text: And I imagine you can probably just do it by phone.
Former and now fired FBI Director James Comey did not obtain the key information on whether Hillary had been properly instructed on how to handle classified emails but exonerated her from any wrongdoing and closed the investigation into her emails without this information.
We knew it all was a complete sham but we really didn’t know how bad it really was.