It’s now official. On Wednesday, the Obama Justice (or “Just Us”) Department announced that it has formally closed the investigation into “crooked” Hillary Clinton’s email server, effectively saying that the presumptive Democratic Party nominee is above the law.
According to the Associated Press:
The decision had been expected and was largely a formality given FBI Director James Comey’s recommendation a day earlier against any prosecution. Even before Comey’s public statement, Lynch had said she intended to accept the recommendations of the FBI director and of her career prosecutors.
Even so, it officially closes out an FBI investigation that had dogged Clinton for the last year and proved a major distraction on the campaign trail as she emerged as the Democratic presidential front-runner.
Lynch said she met with Comey and prosecutors Wednesday and agreed that the investigation, which looked into the potential mishandling of classified information, should be concluded.
“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,” Lynch said, surprising no one.
JUST IN: DOJ closes investigation into Clinton emails; accepts FBI recommendation that no charges should be filed. pic.twitter.com/ZDLfZ47Pgitake our poll - story continues below
— ABC News (@ABC) July 6, 2016
But there’s more:
Key in Lynch statement: Not only no charges against Clinton, but none against "any individuals within the scope of the investigation."
— Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance) July 6, 2016
That’s right — no further investigation of Clinton’s aides, nothing…
Nothing to see here, move along. https://t.co/JPqBzlAhXG
— Alyssa Canobbio Hackbarth (@AlyssaEinDC) July 6, 2016
While the “Just Us” Department has closed the matter, it’s far from finished as far as congressional Republicans are concerned.
According to ABC News:
“There are a lot of questions that have to be answered. And so we’re going to be asking those questions,” House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters, adding that it looked like Clinton had gotten preferential treatment. “We have seen nothing but stonewalling and dishonesty from Secretary Clinton on this issue, and that means there are a lot more questions that need to be answered.”
Ryan said Clinton should be barred from receiving classified briefings in the course of the campaign. He said he would be looking into whether Congress could take action to enact such a prohibition. And asked whether a special prosecutor should be appointed in the case, Ryan said he wouldn’t “foreclose any option.”
Ryan’s comments reflected widespread anger, even disbelief, among Republicans over Comey’s announcement. Comey delivered a stinging assessment of Clinton’s handling of classified emails, saying she should have known not to have sensitive discussions on an unclassified system and that she sent and received emails that were classified at the time, contrary to her claims. But he followed up by saying no reasonable prosecutor would bring charges in such a case, partly because his investigators found no intentional or willful mishandling of classified information.
So we’re not finished with this yet, but as of now, it looks like voters will end up having the final say in November. Sadly, there’s far too many who have no problem electing someone like Clinton to the White House.
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