No charges for Clinton after new emails reviewed — Federal Bureau of Investigation chief

Laura Christensen
November 8, 2016

An FBI reinvestigation into Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while as secretary of state turned up nothing that merits criminal charges, FBI director James Comey said Sunday.

Then, Comey said, "no reasonable prosecutor" would recommend Clinton face criminal charges for using a private email system while at the State Department.

Comey has already said that investigators found classified emails on Clinton's server, and that although Clinton and her aides had been "extremely careless" in their handling of classified information, there was no evidence that anyone had willfully broken the law.

"I am very grateful to the professionals at the Federal Bureau of Investigation for doing an extraordinary amount of high-quality work in a short period of time", Comey had said on Sunday.

"Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton", he concluded.

The news boosted U.S. S&P 500 Index futures 1.2 percent, a gain that is likely to snap the nine-day losing streak in the USA stock index - its longest in more than 35 years.

Hillary Clinton paints grim picture of life under Donald Trump
If Clinton never faces charges over her emails while Secretary of State, Trump said, remember one thing: "The system is rigged". He saluted veterans as "so much more courageous than me". "This is a margin-of error race, right down to the wire".

In a letter to several members of Congress, Comey said the agency had finished its review and found nothing to change its position.

"You can't review 650,000 emails in eight days", Trump told the crowd. Clinton's former vast lead over Trump has shrunk, with a new ABC News/Washington Post poll putting the former Secretary of State only 5 points ahead of her spray-tan-obssesed-tax-evading-softcore-porn-star opponent.

News of a potential new angle in the email investigation opened the way for Clinton's Republican rival Donald Trump to attack her - a crucial development that was seen as helping his candidacy rebound from the devastating release of a 2005 audio recording in which Trump bragged about groping women. In the wake of the FBI director's letter, the race tightened and Clinton was forced to play defense. "The reason that so many Americans have a problem with Hillary Clinton's honesty and trustworthiness and veracity does not change".

Later, on Fox News, Chaffetz demurred when asked by host Bret Baier about what he would advise Trump to say about the FBI's latest letter but he promised that Congress wouldn't let it go.

Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told reporters Sunday that Trump planned to keep up the breakneck campaign pace through Election Day. The decision of the FBI's James Comey to launch an investigation so close to the election was criticized by some for it's potentially prejudicial nature.

Dealers said safe-haven bonds were likely to soften on the news once trading got fully under way, while Asian stock markets might enjoy a mild relief rally.

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