Today Hillary Clinton got lucky. The FBI has recommended that no charges be brought against her in the investigation of the former secretary of state’s private email server.
While she may have caught a break, everything else for her is bad news…
In a 15-minute news conference, FBI Director James B. Comey provided large amounts of information that could badly hurt her in the court of public opinion.
Comey said the FBI found 110 emails on Clinton’s server that were classified at the time they were sent or received which is a direct contradiction to Clinton’s repeatedly stating that she never sent or received any classified emails.
Comey condemned Clinton and her top aides as “extremely careless” in how they handled classified information during her time as the head of the State Department. Comey even stated “any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation.”
Comey said Clinton had used not multiple private email servers during her time at State. He said Clinton used multiple email devices during that time.
Comey also said that while the FBI found no evidence that Clinton’s private server was hacked by foreign governments, it was possible that it had been. She sent and received classified emails on a server hat was subject to a possible foreign hack.
Clinton and her team also deleted more emails than they turned over to the State Department.
Clinton did avoid indictment and she is no longer under criminal investigation, however, she still isn’t clear in the eyes of the public. She is a candidate who is struggling on questions of whether she is honest and trustworthy enough to hold the office of President of the United States.
Comey’s news conference is devastating for Clinton’s campaign. Attack ad after attack ad will be played of the FBI director calling Clinton “extremely careless.” Questions will be raised of how qualified she is to be the commander in chief if she can’t even prevent putting America’s security at risk over something so simple.
While an indictment would have been the worst case scenario for Clinton and her campaign, this email issue is an event that will haunt her all the way to Election Day.