WASHINGTON (AP): The Latest on Campaign 2016 weeks before the Republican and Democratic national conventions (all times EDT):
Republican Donald Trump is expressing amazement that FBI Director James Comey has recommended no charges against Democrat Hillary Clinton over her private email server.
He tweets, “No charges. Wow!” In a tweet sent one minute earlier, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee says, “Very very unfair! As usual, bad judgment.”
FBI Director James Comey says his agency’s forensic examination of Hillary Clinton’s private server and emails showed that it was possible that foreign governments spied on the contents of some messages.
He said at a news conference Tuesday, that the agency assesses whether, “it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal email account.” He added that no criminal charges would be referred to the Justice Department.
Comey said investigators did not find “direct evidence” that Clinton’s system was breached, but added the commercial email accounts used by some outsiders who messaged with her had been penetrated.
The Associated Press reported in 2015 that Clinton’s server was targeted by spam from Russia. The AP also reported that Clinton’s server was connected to the internet in ways that made it vulnerable to hackers.
House Speaker Paul Ryan is criticizing Donald Trump for tweeting an anti-Semitic image, saying it and others like it have “no place” in a presidential campaign. He says the Trump campaign has to “clean this thing up.”
Ryan made his comments Tuesday on the Charlie Sykes radio show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Trump has denied that the image he tweeted was anti-Semitic. It showed a Star of David along with some criticism of Hillary Clinton. Trump argues it wasn’t a Star of David, just “a basic star, often used by sheriffs who deal with criminals and criminal behavior.”
Ryan also says that if he commented on every “ridiculous” tweet sent out by the Trump campaign, “I’d have no time for anything else.”
FBI Director James Comey says the FBI will not recommend criminal charges in its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state.
Comey made the announcement Tuesday, three days after FBI agents interviewed the Democratic presidential candidate in a final step of its investigation.
The Justice Department has been looking into whether anyone mishandled classified information that flowed through Clinton’s private email server. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said last week that she would accept the recommendations of Comey and of career prosecutors.
Although Comey’s announcement removes the threat of criminal charges, it’s unlikely to eliminate concerns about Clinton’s trustworthiness. And it almost certainly won’t stop Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump from continuing to make the server a campaign issue.