Donald Trump Responds to FBI's Decision on Hillary Clinton's Emails: "The System Is Rigged"
"FBI director said Crooked Hillary compromised our national security."
Donald Trump weighed in on the FBI's decision not to recommend criminal charges be filed against Hillary Clinton in the agency's investigation into her use of a private email server.
"The system is rigged," tweeted Trump. "General Petraeus got in trouble for far less. Very very unfair! As usual, bad judgment."
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee continued. "FBI director said Crooked Hillary compromised our national security. No charges. Wow! #RiggedSystem"
The system is rigged. General Petraeus got in trouble for far less. Very very unfair! As usual, bad judgment.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2016
FBI director said Crooked Hillary compromised our national security. No charges. Wow! #RiggedSystem— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2016
FBI Director James Comey said Clinton and her aids were "extremely careless" in her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, but said "no charges are appropriate in this case."
"Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information," said Comey, "our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case." He said that in the investigation, 110 emails were found to have contained classified information at the time they were sent or received.
Last week, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said she would accept the recommendations of the FBI director. Trump later posted a longer statement to his website, repeatedly asserting his claim that "the system is rigged" and arguing that her use of a private email server has given U.S. enemies "blackmail" material, making her unfit to be president.
"Our adversaries almost certainly have a blackmail file on Hillary Clinton, and this fact alone disqualifies her from service," Trump wrote.
He said she "lied" about not sending classified information and indicated that he believes that the timing of recent developments in the investigation, including Clinton being interviewed by the FBI over the Fourth of July weekend, was orchestrated.
Read Trump's full statement below.
The FBI Director laid out today a detailed case of how Hillary Clinton compromised the safety of the American people by storing highly classified information on a private email server with no security.
He confirmed that her email could easily have been hacked by hostile actors, and confirmed that those she emailed with were hacked.
Our adversaries almost certainly have a blackmail file on Hillary Clinton, and this fact alone disqualifies her from service.
It has also been revealed that Hillary Clinton lied when she said that she did not send classified information. The FBI Director confirmed that over 100 emails were deemed classified at the time they were sent, including emails classified as top secret.
On top of it all, Hillary Clinton’s lawyers wiped the servers clean to delete another 30,000 emails – hiding her corrupt dealings from investigators. She used the State Department for her personal gain, trading favors for cash, and tried to conceal the records. Also, she didn’t want people to know the details about her botched decisions in Libya, Syria, Iraq and Egypt that destabilized the Middle East.
But because of our rigged system that holds the American people to one standard and people like Hillary Clinton to another, it does not look like she will be facing the criminal charges that she deserves.
Bill Clinton didn’t accidentally run into the Attorney General on the airport tarmac last week in Phoenix. Hillary Clinton didn’t accidentally sneak into the FBI during one of the country’s biggest holiday weekends to testify on her illegal activities, something that wouldn’t be afforded to others under investigation (and on a Saturday of all days). It was no accident that charges were not recommended against Hillary the exact same day as President Obama campaigns with her for the first time.
Folks – the system is rigged. The normal punishment, in this case, would include losing authority to handle classified information, and that too disqualifies Hillary Clinton from being President.
The final jury will be the American people, and they will issue the verdict on her corruption, incompetence, and bad judgment on November 8th.
July 5, 1:07 p.m. This story has been updated with Trump's full statement.