For almost a year, Hillary Clinton’s campaign had been shadowed by stories about her handling of classified information in emails while she was secretary of State.
Few experts believed that the FBI investigation into the matter would lead to criminal charges, but no one could be sure. And if the Justice Department decided not to prosecute, who would tell the public? After Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch took herself out of the process, FBI director James Comey decided he would run the show himself.
In a news conference in July, he announced that the FBI would not recommend prosecution, but accused Clinton of being “extremely careless” in her handling of classified material, a mixed verdict that guaranteed the issue would linger .
The announcement came without warning to the rest of the government. Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, was on the phone with a senior White House official when Comey appeared on television. Neither knew what he was saying. “We better get off the phone and watch this,” Mook said.
SOURCE: News Now/Los Angeles Times