PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — On Tuesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation recommended no criminal charges be brought over Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while in office.
James Comey, director of the FBI, says there is evidence of potential violations regarding the handling of classified information. He said Clinton and her team were “extremely careless.”
“One hundred ten emails and 52 email chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received,” Comey said.
Of those emails, eight were top secret – but Comey said the conclusion was not to recommend criminal charges.
Eyewitness News spoke to Donald Trump’s Rhode Island campaign manager, Joe Trillo, about the new developments.
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He said he’s heard from several people who have federal security clearances.
“Anybody that’s had security clearance will tell you that they would’ve ended up in jail if they did one hundredth of what she did,” he said.
But according to Comey, the investigation uncovered no inference of intentional misconduct, no disloyalty to the country and no efforts to obstruct justice.
“We do not see those things here,” he said. “We cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts.”
Eyewitness News reached out to Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation.
Senior Senator Jack Reed said Clinton has assumed responsibility for her actions.
“While she was not the first Secretary of State to use private email to conduct public business, future cabinet officials need to learn from this example,” he said.
According to Trillo, the fact that the FBI said Clinton and her team were careless will definitely help Trump’s case.
“I think the worst thing that could’ve happened in a lot of ways for my party would’ve been she gets indicted and they throw Biden in,” he said. “I think the best thing that happens is she stays in the race.”
Comey said the final decision on whether or not criminal charges are filed will be up to the Department of Justice.