FBI Director James Comey Concludes Hillary Clinton Still Won’t Face Criminal Charges Despite New Emails


Nothing to see here. FBI director James B. Comey concluded in a letter to Congress on Sunday, November 6, that Hillary Clinton will still not face criminal charges amid an investigation into newly unearthed emails, just as he had previously announced in July.

“Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton,” Comey wrote in the letter, which was sent to the same 16 members of the House and Senate that he had alerted of the new investigation in late October.

“Since my letter, the FBI investigative team has been working around the clock to process and review a large volume of emails from a device obtained in connection with an unrelated criminal investigation,” he continued in the statement. “During that process we reviewed all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State. … I am very grateful to the professionals at the FBI for doing an extraordinary amount of high-quality work in a short period of time.”

Hillary Clinton and James Comey
Hillary Clinton and James Comey Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images / Alex Wong/Getty Images

On Friday, October 28, Comey caused a commotion when he wrote a letter to members of Congress noting that the agency was taking “investigative steps” to reexamine the Democratic presidential nominee’s private email server.

It was later revealed that the “unrelated case” that the FBI had been investigating when it stumbled upon the new emails was Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal. (Weiner’s estranged wife, Huma Abedin, is a longtime top Clinton aide.)

Later that day, Clinton, 69, called on the FBI to be more concrete in what intel they had and to clarify their vague announcement. “First we knew about [the investigation] is I assume when you knew about it, when this letter sent to Republican members of the House was released,” she said during a press conference at the time. “So we don’t know the facts, which is why we’re calling on the FBI to release all the information that it has.”

“Even [FBI] Director [James B.] Comey noted that this new information may not be significant, so let’s get it out,” she said.

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