WASHINGTON – FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday said Hillary Clinton and her staff were “extremely careless” in using a private email server during her time as secretary of state, but will not recommend criminal prosecution by the Justice Department.
Comey said there was evidence to suggest a disregard of standing security protocols, bit said the FBI findings determined that “no reasonable prosecutor” would likely bring criminal charges. The findings now go to the Justice Department.
Comey said investigators reviewed more than 30,000 emails turned over to the agency and “fragments” of others were deleted, identifying about 50 in the “secret” or “confidential” categories.
Comey said there was no evidence that Clinton or his staff deleted emails with the intention to hide contents.
The comments come after FBI agents interviewed Clinton for more than three hours Saturday, suggesting that the investigation could be drawing to a close.
Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, told MSNBC that she was pleased “to have the opportunity to assist the department in bringing its review to a conclusion,” but gave no details of the questions and responses during the session.
As in the past, Clinton asserted that she “never received nor sent any material that was marked classified.” She said, however, that some might have been retroactively branded classified during the process to prepare it for public release. She said she had “no knowledge” of the investigators’ timeline.