CHARLOTTE, United States, Jul 5 – The FBI recommended Tuesday that no charges be brought over Hillary Clinton’s email use while secretary of state, taking a weight off the presumptive Democratic nominee as she campaigned with Barack Obama for the first time.
But the FBI’s assessment, which found that Clinton was “extremely careless” in sending classified information via her personal email account, is far from the complete exoneration she had hoped for as she rallies Democrats in her showdown with Republican Donald Trump.
She and Obama arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina aboard Air Force One for the first in a series of high-profile rallies that Clinton hopes will energize voters, particularly minorities who remain enamored with the outgoing president, in crucial battleground states where the November election will be decided.
The rally comes hours after Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey said he will recommend that Justice Department prosecutors file no criminal charges in the Clinton email investigation.
Comey said that after an exhaustive probe, carried out with no political agenda, investigators found no evidence of “intentional misconduct” by Clinton or her close aides.
Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said the campaign was “pleased” by the FBI’s recommendation.
But in a damaging rebuke to the former top diplomat, Comey said the FBI found that Clinton and her team “were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”