On Thursday U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Hillary Clinton would not face criminal charges in the email investigation. The statement reads: "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. 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."
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The House Select Committee on Benghazi cleared Hillary Clinton of any wrongdoing related to the death's of American soldiers in Benghazi in 2014 last week, and on Tuesday, the FBI issued a statement on the former Secretary of State's emails, which were a major focus of the investigation. The FBI looked into Clinton's emails that she sent from a private email server while she was Secretary of State.
Director of the FBI James Comey gave a statement to the press on Tuesday, in which he stated that Clinton's staff had been "extremely careless" to use a private email instead of the official government address during Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State but noted, ultimately, that the FBI will not be pressing charges against Clinton:
Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.
Comey also said that overall, the FBI's investigation found an overall lack of "security culture" within the State Department:
While not the focus of our investigation, we also developed evidence that the security culture of the State Department in general, and with respect to use of unclassified e-mail systems in particular, was generally lacking in the kind of care for classified information found elsewhere in the government.
A statement from Clinton's press secretary Brian Fallon noted that the Clinton camp is "pleased" with the FBI's decision not to press charges and called the use of a private email a "mistake,"