By: Kyle Thomas
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On July 5, FBI Director James Comey stated the Bureau “cannot find a case supporting bringing criminal charges [against Hillary Clinton],” referring to possession and use of classified information while Clinton was Secretary of State. Director Comey believes there are “no appropriate charges” applicable.
But, Comey went on to state Clinton was being “extremely careless with [her] handling of classified information.” Of the 30,000 emails Clinton provided the Bureau, 110 emails in 52 email chains were determined to be holding some level of classified information at the time they were sent. Eight were top secret, 36 were secret and another eight were confidential
What does this mean for Mrs. Clinton? We have no clue. It seems she is safe on the federal level so far, but the FBI technically has no say in her prosecution. The Department of Justice holds the final say in Clinton’s investigation, of which the FBI takes no responsibility, other than the gathering of evidence.
The comments released by Comey will likely make a large splash in Clinton’s campaign. She has been recorded on media numerous times rejecting the possibility of the emails’ existence. Conservative sources will likely keep the subject on Clinton’s ignorance for the law until November.
The timing of Comey’s statement could not have come at a more opportune time for Clinton: President Barack Obama is just starting his public support tour with Hillary this coming week. She will need more help than the current President if she plans to debunk anyone.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani was quoted in a CNBC interview on the same day that Comey made a “grossly negligent decision” to a “grossly negligent” case. Giuliani noted “people have been charged under this statute for far less than this,” referring to General David Petraeus’ case.
When asked about his thoughts on Clinton, Rowan Music student Gerard Ramos had this to say:
“I think that her negligence toward [her handling of classified information] is dangerous. This could just be a taste of what she could do, negligently or purposely, with our nation’s secrets. It is baffling to me.”
Similarly, Rowan University STEM student Conor Mahoney answered us with fervor:
“It seems as though the affluent do not have to face any consequences. Just like Rockefeller, if you have money in America, you can do whatever you like.”
So we ask the question again, what does this mean for Hillary Clinton? Well it still does not look good. We will see in the following months what action the DOJ takes, and how the voters feel.