Clinton draws flak after FBI calls her email use careless, not criminal

Court of public opinion has harsh words for the presumptive Democratic nominee

Avneet Dhillon - CBC News

July 05, 2016

While U.S. secretary of state in October 2011, Hillary Clinton checks her mobile device upon her departure in a military C-17 plane from Malta bound for Tripoli, Libya. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

Hillary Clinton may have avoided the legal consequences of her email scandal, but that isn't stopping others from condemning her actions.

After FBI Director James Comey announced today that the bureau is not recommending charges over Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, reactions have been pouring in on Facebook and Twitter, with everyone from Republican officials to the hacktivist group Anonymous expressing their frustration.


Clinton has repeatedly said she never sent classified emails from her server or phone. The FBI publicly discredited that claim today, saying they found more than 100 emails that were classified in multiple email chains.

Despite those findings, Comey said, "We cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges." 

The announcement comes after FBI agents interviewed Clinton for more than three hours over the weekend, and a day after WikiLeaks released over 1,000 emails Clinton sent during her time as secretary of state. 

WikiLeaks also posted this today.

Former CIA general counsel Jeffrey Smith previously told the Washington Post that using unclassified systems to transfer this kind of information is inevitable, "because the classified systems are often cumbersome and lots of people have access to the classified emails or cables."

Comey's speech explaining the FBI's decision prompted mockery on Facebook and Twitter. 

Comey said Clinton and her colleagues had been "extremely careless" with classified material — 110 emails, in 52 different email chains, contained classified information when Clinton sent them.

Twitter users were quick to scrutinize some of Comey's major talking points during the press conference. 

Whistleblower and leaker of classified information Edward Snowden let a single emoji do the talking.

While Comey was describing Clinton's actions as "extremely careless," her campaign team was sharing a video of Barack Obama describing her as "a person [he] could trust" in his administration. 

Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer criticized Obama's support for Clinton's campaign.

​The Justice Department will have the final say on the investigation, but the FBI's recommendation will factor heavily in further discussions. Until then, the internet continues to sound off.


Avneet Dhillon

Avneet Dhillon is a multi-platform journalist based in Toronto. She is currently working as an Associate Producer at The National and CBC Radio's As It Happens.

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