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    Former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou said that he Republicans will be able to capitalize on the FBI absolving Hillary Clinton of criminal wrongdoing for using a private email server.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Republican Party will take advantage of the FBI absolving Hillary Clinton of criminal wrongdoing for using a private email server because most voters believe she is guilty and the probe was a sham, former CIA officer and whistleblower John Kiriakou told Sputnik on Tuesday.

    Earlier in the day, FBI Director James Comey said that after conducting a criminal investigation, the FBI concluded that no charges should be brought against Clinton for her use of a personal server and email account during her tenure as secretary of state.

    "Certainly the Republicans will be able to capitalize on it because most Americans believe that she committed a crime," Kiriakou stated. "I think that many voters will conclude that the fix was in and there was never really any chance she would be prosecuted in the first place."

    Comey’s decision, Kiriakou noted, reflects the utter hypocrisy of the US justice system in matters of national security.

    "If you are a whistleblower you can expect the entire weight of the US government to fall on your head," Kiriakou noted. "But if you are a well-connected political figure, or a friend of the president, you can violate the country’s espionage laws with impunity and know that you’ll get away with it."

    Hillary Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch amid the probe was yet another indication of "how the Clintons play by their own rules."

    "They [Clintons] don’t care about the appearance of impropriety — they care only about the Clintons," Kiriakou added.

    On May 27, Bill Clinton and Lynch met privately for about a half-hour when crossing paths at an airport in the US state of Arizona. After reports of the meeting became public, Lynch described the session as social, with topics such as golf and grandchildren being discussed.

    Comey noted during his announcement that Clinton and her team were "extremely careless" in handling highly classified government information via the Clinton’s private server and email account.

    Clinton has come under significant criticism for using a private server and email address for official business against established rules and procedures during her tenure as secretary of state from 2009 until 2013.

    The FBI had opened a criminal investigation into whether Clinton intended to violate US laws by setting up her communications arrangement against established rules and procedures.

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