WASHINGTON -- North Dakota Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp said Wednesday it’s “time to move on” after the end of an investigation into her party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, and the former Secretary of State’s handling of classified information.
FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday his agency recommended no criminal charges be pursued against Clinton for her use of private email servers while she was Secretary of State. But Comey said Clinton and her colleagues were “extremely careless” in handling sensitive and “highly classified” information.
“The FBI’s investigation is now complete and it’s time to move on and focus on the issues that are important to North Dakota and the country, like how to build a strong and safe state and country for the future that supports working families,” Heitkamp, who has endorsed Clinton’s presidential run, said in an emailed statement.
Republicans, including the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump, have criticized the FBI’s decision. House Speaker Paul Ryan said the FBI’s announcement “defies explanation” and sets a bad precedent, according to a statement on his website.
Comey will testify on the email investigation in front of a House committee today, Reuters reported.
Both Democratic senators in neighboring Minnesota came to Clinton’s defense in prepared statements Wednesday.
Al Franken, who told the Associated Press last month he would be Clinton’s running mate if he was asked, called the FBI’s review “thorough and independent” in an emailed statement. He said Clinton “cooperated in the investigation and apologized for using a personal server,” and added he was “hopeful that we can move past this.”
Amy Klobuchar called Comey a “man of integrity” who “conducted a thorough and independent investigation.”
“The use of private email servers should never have happened,” Klobuchar added in an emailed statement. “Hillary Clinton has acknowledged that and apologized and made clear that it was a mistake."
Comey said the FBI found 110 emails that contained classified information at the time they were sent or received, which, as Reuters pointed out, contradicted Clinton’s previous statements about her use of private email servers.
“Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case,” Comey’s statement posted on the FBI’s website states. “In looking back at our investigations into mishandling or removal of classified information, we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts.”