Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama

Rep. Terri Sewell Responds to FBI Findings in Email Investigation of Secretary Clinton

Jul 5, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Rep. Terri Sewell issued the following response to a press conference by FBI Director James Comey, regarding the FBI’s investigation of the email practices of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton:

“I commend the FBI on the thoroughness of its investigation, which concluded that the actions of Secretary Clinton and her staff were careless but not criminal—and recommended that no charges should be filed.  Secretary Clinton has said that the use of the private server was both a mistake and deeply regrettable. Today’s announcement underscores that, although the mistake was serious, it was no more than that. Director Comey said that no reasonable prosecutor would bring a case under the circumstances.

“There are larger lessons to be learned from today’s announcement, to be sure. Though it wasn’t the Bureau’s focus, its review nevertheless did reveal deficiencies in the State Department’s culture regarding the communication of sensitive information. The Department may need to take stronger measures in that respect, to help ensure that sensitive information cannot ever get into the hands of terrorists or other hostile actors. 

“Now that the FBI investigation has concluded, it is time to move forward and work to ensure these types of actions never happen again.”