Immediately following FBI’s director James Comey’s declaration of Hillary Clinton’s innocence, fury on the decision broke out on social media not just from Republicans but Bernie Sander supporters with hashtags such as #MoreTrustedThanHillary and #PeopleShouldBeIndictedFor trending all over Twitter.
While members of the Clinton camp were celebrating the FBI decision, with Brian Fallon, a spokesman for Clinton’s campaign releasing a statement to CNN that said they were “pleased that the career officials handling this case have determined that no further action by the Department is appropriate,” others were calling foul on the decision, requesting that Comey be put on trial in front of Congress and asking for an FBI Convention.
Bernie Sander supporters were quick to jump on the trending bandwagon, calling the FBI out for their shameful handling of the situation and the “rigged system” that allowed Clinton to be found innocent.
Some famous faces like Rosario Dawson, Bill Cimbrelo and Shaun King even joined the tweetfest.
On the right side of the spectrum, Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, took to Twitter to say that the system was rigged, unfair and that the decision was caused by bad judgment, citing the decision on General Petraeus as an example. According to the Business Insider, General Petraeus was a former CIA director that disclosed classified information to his biographer and was charged with a misdemeanor for “mishandling classified information” in 2015.
House Speaker Paul Ryan also spoke up on the issue, releasing a statement that read:
“While I respect the law enforcement professionals at the FBI, this announcement defies explanation. No one should be above the law. But based upon the director’s own statement, it appears damage is being done to the rule of law. Declining to prosecute Secretary Clinton for recklessly mishandling and transmitting national security information will set a terrible precedent,” Ryan said in the statement.
“The findings of this investigation also make clear that Secretary Clinton misled the American people when she was confronted with her criminal actions. While we need more information about how the Bureau came to this recommendation, the American people will reject this troubling pattern of dishonesty and poor judgment,” the statement read.
On Thursday, July 7, Comey appeared before Congress to testify on how the FBI came to their decision. While the chance of facing criminal charges seems to have disappeared, the problems surrounding Hillary Clinton, her email server and her right to the Democratic nomination will continue if the dialogue between Republican committee chairman Jason Chaffetz and Comey over if Clinton had ever lied to Congress is any indication.
While Comey said there was “no basis to conclude that she lied to the FBI,” he would need a referral to investigate if she had ever lied to Congress. Chaffetz promised him the referral.
We will continue to report on this coverage as it progresses.
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