No Criminal Case, but This Is Still Bad News for Clinton

Expect to hear the words 'extremely careless' for quite a while
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 5, 2016 1:18 PM CDT
No Criminal Case, but This Is Still Bad News for Clinton
Hillary Clinton addresses the the National Education Association Representative Assembly in Washington, Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

In an announcement with huge political repercussions, FBI chief James Comey said Tuesday that the FBI doesn't think Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server (actually servers, plural) warrants criminal charges. Some related coverage:

  • Cox Media boils down Comey's remarks to nine key takeaways.
  • Barring a Justice Department surprise, Clinton will dodge criminal charges—but Comey still delivered a damning assessment, writes Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post. Noting that more than 100 emails had classified information when they were sent or received, he explains why the scandal may be worse than we thought here.
  • From Politico: Still, "the bottom line message from Clinton-aligned Democrats: with no indictment, this remains a political, not legal, headache. She can handle a political headache."

  • "If Comey thinks that this multiple-server e-mail scheme doesn’t rise to the level of prosecution, why is the DoJ prosecuting Kristian Saucier, a sailor who took a few cell-phone photos of his submarine for his own personal mementoes?" wonders Ed Morrissey at the conservative Hot Air blog.
  • But a post at the liberal ThinkProgress explains why criminal charges were never a realistic possibility.
  • Think the controversy is finally over? Think again, says a post at Mother Jones.
  • Need to catch up on what's known about the entire mess? The New York Times has an info-graphic explainer.
  • Read the full transcript of Comey's remarks here.
(More Hillary Clinton stories.)

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