Conservatives, as well as some supporters of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, did not react well to the decision of FBI Director James Comey to pass on recommending criminal charges be filed against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for using a private email server.
As Comey gave his speech, Twitter was alive with commentary that gave birth to multiple hashtags as the FBI director described in detail how the investigation was handled and what was discovered.
While there were indications last week that no indictment was forthcoming, the final announcement dropped like a bombshell and set off a firestorm of anger, with presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump claiming the “system is rigged.”
The system is rigged. General Petraeus got in trouble for far less. Very very unfair! As usual, bad judgment.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2016
Gross Negligence = blatant indifference to one’s legal duty. Comey defined @HillaryClinton ‘s actions as gross negligence in that presser.
— Reince Priebus (@Reince) July 5, 2016
July 5, 2016, will be remembered as the day Americans lost faith in their corrupt government. Whether they decide to stand against or bow…
— Bob Owens (@bob_owens) July 5, 2016
Safe bet that AG Lynch knew what was coming when she said that she’d accept Comey/subordinates’ recommendation.
— Ed Whelan (@EdWhelanEPPC) July 5, 2016
Why do we even try? Clinton is going to win this election in the most crooked way possible. We never had a chance.
— VOTE TRUMP 2016 (@USAforTrump2016) July 5, 2016
If Hillary were still Sec State, Pres O would have to fire her. But instead, he travels with her and seeks to promote her. Disgusting.
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) July 5, 2016
What did they do to Comey? Pay him off? Threaten his family? Give him coupons to Red Lobster? What did it take?
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) July 5, 2016
— Charles Dickerson (@ChasD3) July 5, 2016
Congressional GOP should consider subpoenaing Comey and asking him to explain himself. Would be mighty interesting to see the logic.
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) July 5, 2016
David Petraeus should have changed his last name to Clinton.#Comey
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) July 5, 2016
I’m sure the timing of Obama’s joint campaigning with Hillary on the day Comey announced no indictment was purely coincidental.
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) July 5, 2016
Hillary Clinton 2016: The “Extremely Careless” Leadership America Needs.
— jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty) July 5, 2016
— (((Michael Blank))) (@MichaelHBlank) July 5, 2016
Sanders supporter H.A. Goodman, who had been promising over the weekend that an indictment was forthcoming, was saddened but promised to soldier on.
I respect the FBI’s decision but in a bizarre way I feel vindicated. Sad day for America and Democrats, and rule of law. BERNIE STILL FIGHTS
— H. A. Goodman (@HAGOODMANAUTHOR) July 5, 2016