Clinton draws flak after FBI calls her email use careless, not criminal
Court of public opinion has harsh words for the presumptive Democratic nominee
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.
In this email Hillary ("H") knowingly instructs her staff to send a classified doc unsecure <a href="https://t.co/T17JQfjWK7">https://t.co/T17JQfjWK7</a> <a href="https://t.co/xwGzXF6tX1">pic.twitter.com/xwGzXF6tX1</a>—@wikileaks
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 announces Clinton will receive a four-year sentence of house arrest, close government monitoring. <a href="https://t.co/VageBgEudS">pic.twitter.com/VageBgEudS</a>—@freddoso
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.
FBI Director James Comey recommends no charges against Hillary Clinton despite calling her "extremely careless." <a href="https://t.co/VXvX03sWkc">pic.twitter.com/VXvX03sWkc</a>—@TheDailyShow
So "extremely careless" does not equal "grossly negligent" if you have a lawyer instead of a thesaurus. (And are named Clinton.)—@Kasparov63
"Extremely Careless" would be a good title for a joint biography of the Clintons.—@HeerJeet
Twitter users were quick to scrutinize some of Comey's major talking points during the press conference.
FBI Director Comey said this with a straight face. Hillary gets a pass that we would not. Folks, this cannot stand. <a href="https://t.co/nU20xotuWM">pic.twitter.com/nU20xotuWM</a>—@danielggarza
The FBI decision shows once again how the Clintons and others at the top get to live by a different set of rules from everyone else.—@DarrellIssa
I think what we've witnessed here is the FBI saying <a href="https://twitter.com/HillaryClinton">@HillaryClinton</a> is "too big to fail."—@ShaunKing
Whistleblower and leaker of classified information Edward Snowden let a single emoji do the talking.
🤔 <a href="https://t.co/SQDbuNosfU">https://t.co/SQDbuNosfU</a>—@Snowden
Classified documents. When <a href="https://twitter.com/Snowden">@Snowden</a> does it, it's treason but when the subject is <a href="https://twitter.com/HillaryClinton">@HillaryClinton</a>. No, sry. Justice system the american way.—@YourAnonNews
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.
If Hillary were still Sec State, Pres O would have to fire her. But instead, he travels with her and seeks to promote her. Disgusting.—@AriFleischer
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.
"There should be no bank too big to fail and no individual too big to jail." —Hillary <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DemDebate?src=hash">#DemDebate</a>—@HillaryClinton