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FBI ending Clinton email probe, will not recommend prosecution

The FBI says its judgment is that 'no reasonable prosecutor' would bring charges against Clinton.

US President Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton. Picture: Newsource.

NEW YORK - The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has now recommended to the justice department that no prosecution is warranted as a result of its yearlong investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of state.

The agency says its probe found there was evidence of extremely careless handling of emails by Clinton, now the presumptive democratic presidential nominee, and that at least 110 emails contained classified information at the time they were sent.

But the FBI says its judgment is that "no reasonable prosecutor" would bring charges against Clinton, who had a voluntary interview with the agency on Saturday.

FBI Director James Comey said "Although the department of justice makes final decisions on matters like this, we are expressing to Justice our view that no charges are appropriate in this case," Comey told reporters in Washington.

Comey said, however, there was "evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information."

The FBI has been investigating whether Clinton broke the law as result of a personal email server kept in her Chappaqua, New York, home while she was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. One of the questions is whether she mishandled classified information on the server.

The investigation has dogged Clinton's campaign for the past year, as she and her staff struggled to respond to accusations that her use of the server in violation of State Department protocol indicated she was untrustworthy and considered herself above the law.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has said the investigation should disqualify Clinton from being president.

At the same time, United States President Barack Obama is heading out on his first campaign stop with Clinton in North Carolina.

The joint rally is seen as mutually beneficial President Obama, who is currently enjoying a 50 percent approval rating, is looking to cement his legacy at the white house, by having a democrat continue the policies he implemented.

Clinton needs Obama to help rope in younger voters who favoured senator Bernie Sanders, at the upcoming democratic primary at the end of the month in Philadelphia.

Additional reporting by Nadia Neophytou

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