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Justice Department Won't Charge Clinton Over Westchester Email Server

Hillary Clinton arrives for New Castle's 2016 Memorial Day parade, which was held in downtown Chappaqua. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Justice
Hillary Clinton meets with a supporter in Chappaqua moments prior to the start of the 2016 Memorial Day parade. Photo Credit: Tom Auchterlonie
FBI Director James Comey, a Yonkers native. Photo Credit: FBI

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- The U.S. Department of Justice will not criminally charge Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.

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In a Wednesday statement , Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced that she accepted the unanimous findings from FBI Director James Comey, a Westport resident, and career prosecutors to not charge Clinton.

“Late this afternoon, I met with FBI Director James Comey and career prosecutors and agents who conducted the investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email system during her time as Secretary of State," Lynch said. "I received and accepted their unanimous recommendation that the thorough, year-long investigation be closed and that no charges be brought against any individuals within the scope of the investigation.”

Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, was the subject of an inquiry into whether she broke the law over her handling of classified information through her private email server located in her Chappaqua home.

The Justice Department's decision not to indict Clinton was essentially a rubber stamp of the recommendations issued on Tuesday by Comey. He said in a press conference that Clinton was "careless" but argued that "no reasonable prosecutor" would bring charges.

Lynch previously said that she would defer to the recommendations of the FBI and career prosecutors. The attorney general came under political pressure recently after having an airport conversation with Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton.

Lynch's statement also absolves people in Clinton's circle of aides from any criminal charges.

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