Attorney General Lynch Says She Won’t Prosecute Hillary in Email Probe

Loretta Lynch
Loretta Lynch

By Allan Lengel

Well, it’s all over but the political fallout.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Wednesday that she’ll follow the recommendation of the FBI and pass on charging presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton in the email scandal.

“Late this afternoon, I met with FBI Director James Comey and career prosecutors and agents who conducted the investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email system during her time as Secretary of State,” Lynch said in a statement. “I received and accepted their unanimous recommendation that the thorough, year-long investigation be closed and that no charges be brought against any individuals within the scope of the investigation.”

Comey had said the investigation raised concerns about the way Clinton handled sensitive materials, but essentially indicated that the case could not have been prosecuted successfully.

Republicans, including presidential hopeful Donald Trump, reacted angrily, saying charges should have been filed.

Some current and retired FBI agents also expressed concern.

“A sad day for the FBI,” one retired FBI official said in a posting on Facebook the day Comey announced the findings.


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