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Justice Department formally closes Hillary Clinton email case

Clinton Email Backlash

The Justice Department is formally closing the case against Hillary Clinton's private email server with no charges, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced Wednesday evening.

"Late this afternoon, I met with FBI Director James Comey and career prosecutors and agents who conducted the investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton's use of a personal email system during her time as Secretary of State," Lynch said. "I received and accepted their unanimous recommendation that the thorough, year-long investigation be closed and that no charges be brought against any individuals within the scope of the investigation."

Lynch's announcement comes the day after FBI Director James Comey announced the agency would not be pursuing charges against Clinton in the case.

Still, Comey said Clinton's email practices were "extremely careless," blasting her for the use of both numerous servers and numerous mobile devices during her tenure at the State Department.

Republicans, incensed over the lack of charges, announced that Comey will testify before the House Oversight Committee Thursday morning to explain the FBI's decision--proof that the battle over Clinton's email server will move from the FBI to Capitol Hill.

"Individuals who intentionally skirt the law must be held accountable," Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said in a statement the day before. "Congress and the American people have a right to understand the depth and breadth of the FBI's investigation."

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