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Hillary Clinton emails show no criminal wrongdoing, says FBI

Comey had faced severe criticism for announcing on October 29 that it had reopened the probe into Clinton’s private server on suspicion that she had been remiss in handling classified information related to national security
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The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation has cleared Hillary Clinton of any wrongdoing after it found no evidence in a recently discovered trove of emails.

On Sunday, the FBI declared that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was not guilty of any criminal wrongdoing with respect to her private email server. “Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusion that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton,” James Comey, the FBI director, wrote in a letter to congressional leaders.

“Since my letter, the FBI investigative team has been working around the clock to process and review a large volume of emails from a device obtained in connection with an unrelated criminal investigation,” Comey wrote to Congress on Sunday.

“During that process, we reviewed all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state.”

“Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton,” he concluded. “I am grateful to the professionals at the FBI for doing an extraordinary amount of high-quality work in a short period of time.”

Comey had faced severe criticism for announcing on October 29 that it had reopened the probe into Clinton’s private server on suspicion that she had been remiss in handling classified information related to national security. Clinton’s campaign had suffered a major blow when Comey had announced the investigation, allowing her rival Donald Trump to close the gap between them in pre-election polls.

The Democratic nominee’s opponent, Donald Trump, reacted with anger at the news, and cast doubt on whether the FBI had even carried out its work. “You can’t review 650,000 emails in eight days,” Donald Trump told a campaign rally in Sterling Heights, Michigan on Sunday evening.

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