The FBI recommended that no charges be filed against Hillary Clinton in the email investigation, and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump wasted no time in letting his feelings on the decision be known.
"FBI director said Crooked Hillary compromised our national security," Trump tweeted after the news broke on July 5. "No charges. Wow! #RiggedSystem."
"The system is rigged," he added. "General Petraeus got in trouble for far less. Very very unfair! As usual, bad judgment."
Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, was accused of being irresponsible in her handling of classified material via the private email server she had set up at her home during her time as Secretary of State.
"Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information," FBI Director James Comey said in a statement.
“For example, seven e-mail chains concern matters that were classified at the Top Secret/Special Access Program level when they were sent and received. These chains involved Secretary Clinton both sending e-mails about those matters and receiving e-mails from others about the same matters. There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation.”
Despite the criticism of how Clinton handled the classified material, Comey said the FBI would not recommend criminal charges be filed against her.
“Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” Comey said.
Clinton will likely not face charges, but some pundits have said the harsh tone of Comey's statement, including detailed examples of wrongdoing by Clinton and her staff, was nonetheless damaging.
“When he says that information was there, it was potentially available for foreign hostile powers or anyone for that matter to go into those private servers and compromise that kind of information, that is a severe, severe slap at the way Hillary Clinton was running that server while she was secretary of state for four years, and her aides were obviously very well aware all this information was on this private server,” said CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
But the Clinton campaign took the no charges recommendation as vindication for the former Secretary of State.
"We are pleased that the career officials handling this case have determined that no further action by the Department is appropriate," Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement, according to Politico. "As the Secretary has long said, it was a mistake to use her personal email and she would not do it again. We are glad that this matter is now resolved."