The FBI is recommending no charges be filed against Hillary Clinton for maintaining a private email server, clearing the way for her become the first woman presidential nominee of the Democrat party.
FBI Director James B. Comey said Clinton had very careless, which could be said of most Americans who have had to learn now to use one new electronic practice after another.
No one is arguing that her private email server was hacked by unfriendly powers, although some government servers have. Comey said no evidence of misconduct was found in the handling of classified mails.
And previous secretary of states, including Colin Powell, had his own email.
Many in private industry believe it would be safer to control their own email, rather than risk attacks by China, Russia and other.
The Republicans will resume their attack on Clinton although it goes against their own basic philosophy that private industry can do a job better than the government.
President Obama’s attempt to set up a health care website was a fiasco.
After several terrorist attacks in the U.S. the government tried to force Apple to reveal the inner workings of an iPhone used by a terrorist. Apple refused, but another private company was able to do the job.
The Clinton campaign said it was pleased with the decision made by "career officials" at the FBI.
"As the Secretary has long said, it was a mistake to use her personal email and she would not do it again," said Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon. "We are glad that this matter is now resolved."
Republican nominee Donald Trump condemned the recommendation as expected. Yet the GOP now has lost both its marquee playing cards, Benghazi and the emails
The real loser may be Bernie Sanders if he held any hopes that Clinton would be indicted and he would get the nomination by default, even though she had several million more votes than his campaign.
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