“Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July on Secretary Clinton,” Comey wrote in a letter to 16 members of Congress.
In a statement, a Justice Department spokesman said, “The Department of Justice and the FBI dedicated all necessary resources to conduct this review expeditiously.”
The news comes after the FBI had announced it would review a new batch of emails that appeared to be “pertinent” to the investigation that was suspended in July, which had looked into Clinton’s use of a private server.
The investigative team had “been working around the clock to process and review” emails found on former New York congressman Anthony Weiner’s laptop — using a program that targeted only the emails to and from Clinton’s closest aide, Huma Abedin, within the time when Clinton was secretary of state.
Democrats and Republicans had starkly different reactions, although both sides indicated that, beyond Clinton’s vindication, the FBI still had much to resolve.
“In the days that come, we will have many questions about the FBI’s handling of this investigation,” said John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee. “In the meantime, however, I welcome this news confirming again that no charges are warranted in this matter.”
Republicans quickly countered.
“Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server — including to transmit classified information — was extremely careless and a dereliction of duty,” said Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. “There are also several open questions about the FBI’s examination of these facts.”