WASHINGTON – FBI Director James Comey notified lawmakers in a letter Sunday afternoon that the bureau will not recommend charges against Hillary Clinton after completing a review of emails obtained in a separate investigation.
“Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusion that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton,” Comey wrote, referencing an announcement he made July 5 that Clinton should not be prosecuted for her use of a private server while secretary of state. Attorney General Loretta Lynch concurred, and announced the following day that Clinton would not be charged.
Comey notified Congress Oct. 28 that the FBI would investigate new emails reportedly found on the laptop of disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who is the estranged husband of Clinton staffer Huma Abedin.
In Sunday’s letter, Comey said the Bureau has reviewed all emails sent to or from Clinton while she helmed the State Department.
Comey’s announcement that he was reopening his agency’s investigation of Clinton sent shockwaves through the 2016 campaign, drawing ire from her campaign and Congressional Democrats for taking place just days before the election.
The Clinton campaign welcomed Sunday’s news.
“We were always confident nothing would cause the July decision to be revisited,” Hillary for America campaign manager Robby Mook said on Twitter. “Now Director Comey has confirmed it.”
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— Brian Fallon (@brianefallon) November 6, 2016
Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, acknowledged the FBI’s conclusion on Twitter Sunday, but said that Comey’s depiction of Clinton and her staff’s handling of classified information as “extremely careless” still stands.
“If FBI conclusions remain unchanged, that means she still was reckless & careless, still lied about classified info, lied re: # of devices,” Conway said.
If FBI conclusions remain unchanged, that means she still was reckless & careless, still lied about classified info, lied re: # of devices
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) November 6, 2016
Trump’s campaign seized on Comey’s first letter, with the Republican suggesting without evidence that it could provide a “motherlode” of evidence of wrongdoing.