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Trump: Hillary Would Be On Trial If Not For Comey

| by Sarah Zimmerman

According to President Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton would be on trial for criminal charges if it wasn't for FBI Director James Comey.

In an interview with Fox Business Network that aired April 12, Trump told host Maria Bartiromo that Comey "saved [Clinton's] life" when he decided to not recommend charges for her use of private email servers while secretary of state. 

"Don't forget when Jim Comey came out, he saved Hillary Clinton," he said, according to the Daily Mail.

Throughout the first half of 2016, the FBI investigated whether Clinton and her aides mishandled classified information in an intentional or grossly negligent manner, CNN reports. On July 5, 2016, Comey said that, while the Clinton campaign was "extremely careless," he did not recommend charges.

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"Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information," he said, "there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information."

"Our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case."

Clinton herself admitted to using her private email server during the 2012 Benghazi on two U.S. government facilities, calling it a mistake. However, she also made it clear that she never received or forwarded classified information from the server. Of the nearly 30,000 emails Clinton released to the State Department, 110 contained classified information. Eight email chains contained "top secret" information.

Trump believes that Comey's decision is the reason Clinton was not formally prosecuted.

"People don't realize that. He saved her life," Trump said, per The Mail. "When he was reading those charges, she was guilty of every charge. And then he said she was essentially okay."

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When reporters asked why Trump hasn't forced Comey to step down from his position, the president responded that he wants to give the FBI director a "fair chance," but does not rule out the possibility of replacing him.

"[Y]ou know, I have confidence in him," he said. "We'll see what happens. It's going to be interesting."

"I want to give everybody a good fair chance. Director Comey was very, very good to Hillary Clinton. That I can tell you. If he weren't, she would be going to trial."

When asked if Trump would appoint a special prosecutor to reinvestigate Clinton, the president sidestepped the question, saying he did not want to talk about it.

"I don't want to talk about that," he said. "I want to talk about positive."

Sources: Daily Mail, CNN / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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