CHARLOTTE, N.C. (NBC News) – In Charlotte, North Carolina, President Obama appeared side by side with his former rival, then partner, Hillary Clinton Tuesday to endorse her candidacy for President.
President Obama flew Clinton to Charlotte on Air Force One, her campaign paying her cost of travel to this battleground state. But bigger news came from FBI headquarters Tuesday.
In a move that could affect who wins the White House, the FBI recommended no criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her use of a personal email server.
FBI director James Comey did call Clinton “extremely careless” and criticized her judgement.
The FBI found that as Secretary Of State, Clinton put US secrets at risk by using handheld devices with a private server, but she did not break laws on purpose and did not cover up.
“We are expressing to justice our view that no charges are appropriate in this case. I know there will be intense public debate in the wake of this recommendation as there was throughout the investigation but I can assure the American people is this investigation was done honestly competently and independently,” FBI Director James Comey says.
Donald Trump tweeted, “FBI director said crooked Hillary compromised our national security. No charges. Wow!”
She did not react Tuesday. Obama-Clinton supporters had lined up in Charlotte.
“Party unity is the most important thing going into November,” John Easterling, Clinton supporter says.
Still, the first Clinton-Obama joint event comes as questions about her judgment are back in an unfavorable spotlight.
Today, the question of Clinton being charged seems resolved.
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