On Tuesday, FBI Director James Comey announced that his office has concluded its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email server while secretary of state and is not recommending prosecutors bring criminal charges against the presumptive Democratic nominee.
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“We are expressing to [the Department of] Justice our view that no charges are appropriate in this case,” Comey said in a statement, explaining that “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.”
While the debate surges over the verdict, one former FBI investigator says he thinks Comey “did the right thing,” and trusts his judgment based on his past track-record.
“Everything that I’ve heard about Director Comey… he is well respected,” Bill Daly, a former FBI investigator, told the FOX Business Network’s Charles Payne. “He is respected by people who work very closely with him in the FBI.”
As U.S. Attorney, Comey brought cases against businesswoman and television personality Martha Stewart, as well as investment banker Frank Quattrone.
Daly said the interview process with Clinton was likely “quite intense,” and the line of questioning very thorough.
“Don’t forget they’re armed with information they’ve learned over the course of the past couple of years, not just by their own investigation, but also the Inspector General from the State Department,” Daly said. “They have all this information. They’re also looking to see if [there are] any inconsistencies.”