A letter sent by Comey to Congress more than a week ago informing it of the newly-discovered emails had thrown Clinton's presidential race against Republican Donald Trump into turmoil.
Hillary Clinton received a major boost just two days before the election after the FBI found no evidence of criminality in a new batch of her emails.
In a letter to members of Congress, FBI director James Comey said the bureau had finished its review and found nothing to change its previous position. Four months ago he said Clinton had been careless but not criminal in handling classified material on her private email server while secretary of state.
Two weeks ago she suffered a huge drop in her ratings putting her neck-and-neck with Donald Trump after the FBI reopened their investigation after finding 650,0000 emails on her aide, Huma Abedin's laptop. The computer was seized by investigators probing her husband, former politician Anthony Weiner, following claims he sexted an underage girl. The emails were understood to stretch back years and were on a laptop both Weiner and Abedin used and that hadn’t previously been searched in the earlier Clinton probe. James Comey said,
"Since my letter, the FBI investigative team has been working around the clock to process and review a large volume of emails from a device obtained in connection with an unrelated criminal investigation."
“During that process, we reviewed all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton while she was Secretary of State."
"Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton."
While she was Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton kept her own email server in her home in Chappaqua, New York. She had an official email address, but she never used it, she says because it would have involved having to carry two Smartphones around - one of them a ‘secure’ government model. Instead, all of her personal and work correspondence was filtered into her home email address - hdr22@
Sceptics claim it had nothing to do with convenience, and she just wanted to be sure that all of her correspondence was exempt from Freedom of information laws.
She also set up addresses on the server for aides including Chief of staff Cheryl Mills and long-time aide Huma Abedin.
This was careless. Although she did not reveal any sensitive or confidential state material, she could not control what others may have said and she may have slipped up one day herself. With her experience in state matters, she should have known better. But her actions do not constitute a crime. After all the static she has received over this situation, she has probably learned that lesson thoroughly.