US attorney general says Clinton will not be charged over use of e-mail
At least one cloud of suspicion was removed from Hillary Clinton on Wednesday when US Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that the Democratic presidential candidate will not face charges and will not be put on trial over improper use of private e-mails when Clinton served as secretary of state. Lynch said that she accepted the stance and recommendation of FBI investigators on the matter. The attorney general's decision sparked a series of condemnations by senior Republican party leaders, including House Speaker Paul Ryan who claimed the FBI may have given Clinton preferential treatment.
As DEBKAfile reported on Tuesday, FBI head James Comey announced that the investigation regarding Clinton's e-mails and private server had come to an end. He described the conduct of the then secretary of state and her staff as "reckless" and said that e-mails on secret topics linked to national security had been sent from the private server. She also used the server when she was in the territory of enemy countries. Comey pointed out the possibility that hostile bodies had penetrated Clinton's private server and read the material in it. However, he said the FBI had concluded that there is no basis for bringing charges since there were no criminal aspects to the matter.
DEBKAfile: Clinton barely escaped indictment. On the one hand, she will not face a trial that would have forced her to drop out of the presidential race. On the other hand, the FBI director's harsh criticism regarding her irresponsible conduct regarding national security will damage her campaign and be an effective weapon by her rivals.