The FBI has ended its year-long investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email and the US Attorney-General has confirmed she will not face charges.
The investigation followed revelations that while she was Secretary of State more than 100 emails containing classified material were sent or received from her personal account. Allegations and condemnation by her rivals have dogged her presidential campaign.
James Comey, the Director of the FBI, said that although Ms Clinton and her colleagues had been “extremely careless”, there was no proof that they had purposely shared classified material.
“Our investigation has been sufficient to give us reasonable confidence that there was no intentional misconduct,” he said.
Mr Comey noted that there was “evidence of potential violations” and because Ms Clinton had corresponded with individuals whose accounts were compromised, it was possible that “hostile actors” would have had the opportunity to gain access into her email account. Despite that the FBI would not recommend that any criminal charges to be pressed against Ms Clinton.
Ms Clinton has repeatedly denied knowingly sending sensitive information and insisted she had set up the email for personal convenience, apologising for using the private email account for government business and referring to her actions as a mistake. US Attorney-General Loretta Lynch confirmed that the investigation was now closed and no charges would be pressed.
A spokesman for the Clinton camp said they were relieved by the announcement and pleased no further action will be taken. “As the secretary has long said, it was a mistake to use her personal email and she would not do it again. We are glad that this matter is now resolved,” he said.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has been plagued by controversy, most recently over a tweet that attracted wide criticism for evoking anti-Semitic stereotypes. The tweet called Ms Clinton “the most corrupt candidate ever” and included an image of a wad of cash and a six-pointed star. It was deleted two hours later after attracting public criticism. It was later found the same image had been posted on an anti-Semitic white-supremacist website 10 days earlier. – Samantha Besgrove
Photo of Hillary Clinton during her term as Secretary of State from the US Embassy in New Zealand’s Flickr photostream.