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After a lengthy and widely followed investigation, the FBI on Tuesday announced that it would not recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her handling of classified information on her email servers.

Although the FBI director James B. Comey commented that the former Secretary of States was “extremely careless,” he noted that this did not in of it self constitute a crime.

At the start of the highly anticipated press conference, Comey said that the FBI recommendation has not been shared with anyone before the announcement. “I have not coordinated or reviewed this statement in any way with the Department of Justice or any other part of the government. They do not know what I am about to say.”

Comey went on to say that Hillary Clinton and her team have been “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.” This may have caused some confusion, but there were other factors that came into play.

To warrant a criminal charge, the Bureau would have to demonstrate that Clinton intentionally mishandled classified information on her email server. They were not able to do so. This key paragraph explains the FBI’s decision:

“In looking back at our investigations into mishandling or removal of classified information, we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts. All the cases prosecuted involved some combination of: clearly intentional and willful mishandling of classified information; or vast quantities of materials exposed in such a way as to support an inference of intentional misconduct; or indications of disloyalty to the United States; or efforts to obstruct justice. We do not see those things here.”

While the FBI does not have the authority to decide whether or not to prosecute Hillary Clinton, it’s highly likely that the Justice Department will follow the FBI’s recommendation. So far, it looks like the “Clinton email scandal” is coming to an end.

You can read the entire statement on FBI website.