FBI Director announces no indictment for Clinton

The Republican candidate responded harshly to news from the Director of the FBI that Hillary Clinton will not be indicted for the new emails recently investigated. At a rally in Michigan, Donald Trump stated: “Hillary Clinton is guilty. She knows it.”
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FBI Director James Comey stated that the new emails that were investigated have not changed the July decision against indicting Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump responded addressing his supporters during a rally in Minnesota that “Clinton will be under investigation for a long, long time for the many crimes against her.”

Trump spoke at a rally in Michigan doubting whether the FBI properly investigated the new emails. “You can’t review 650,000 new emails in eight days,” he said. “You can’t do it folks. Hillary Clinton is guilty. She knows it. The FBI knows it. The people know it.”

Clinton Campaign welcomes FBI announcement Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Last night (Sunday), just two days before the election, Comey announced that the investigation has concluded and there is still no intention to prosecute Clinton for the email scandal. This announcement comes just ten days after Comey’s dramatic announcement of the resumed investigation.

In a letter to the US Congress, the Director of the FBI stated that the bureau completed its review and did not find any evidence that would change its conclusions made in July. Comey announced this past July that the fact that Clinton sent classified information using a private email server while secretary of state, although reckless, was not criminal.

“Since my letter, the FBI investigative team has been working around the clock to process and review a large volume of emails,” Comey wrote to Congress. “During that process, we reviewed all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state. Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton.”

Clinton’s Campaign immediately responded, welcoming the FBI Director’s announcement. “We are glad to see that he has found, as we were confident that he would, that he’s confirmed the conclusions that he reached in July,” said the campaign’s communications manager, Jennifer Palmieri. “And we are glad that this matter is resolved.”

Less than half an hour after the FBI’s announcement, at a rally in Minnesota, Trump called Clinton a criminal who will be investigated a long time for all of her crimes, “It’s a rigged system and she’s protected.”

FBI will not indict Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

A Political Earthquake

On October 28th, Comey shook the election as he announced the renewed investigation into Clinton’s emails “in light of new developments,” emails discovered between former Congressman Anthony Wiener and his estranged wife Huma Abedin, one of Clinton’s top aides. Senior-level officials of the Democratic Party accused Comey of acting out of political interests in an attempt to influence the election results.

Unlike other scandals and embarrassments associated with Clinton during the election campaign, this announcement by the Director of the FBI ten days ago directly and dramatically impacted support for her. Before the announcement, most polls indicated a double-digit advantage for Clinton over Trump. However, with the renewed investigation, the gap between the Democratic and Republican candidates significantly decreased with some cases where Trump even took the lead.

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