FBI Director James Comey's announcement Tuesday that he would not recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her "extremely careless" handling of classified information rankled Republicans who were hoping the Justice Department would indict the presumptive Democratic nominee.
"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 said of his decision not to recommend an indictment to prosecutors at the Justice Department.
The timing of Comey's press conference Tuesday raised eyebrows, as the FBI director concluded his year-long investigation days after Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with Clinton's husband and just hours before the presumptive nominee was slated to appear alongside President Obama for their first joint campaign appearance.
While Comey declined to recommend charges for Clinton, he highlighted several details about the email controversy that contradicted statements the former secretary of state has made publicly in defense of her actions.
Below are five misstatements from the Clinton camp that were exposed by Comey's announcement.
1. "I am confident that I never sent nor received any information that was classified at the time it was sent and received." — Clinton at an Aug. 2015 campaign event
Clinton's frequent assertion that no emails transmitted on her server were classified at the time they were written was debunked when the FBI director said 110 emails from Clinton's private network were classified at the time they were sent.
The dozens of classified emails included eight messages that contained information considered "top secret" at the time they were sent.
State Department officials initially backed Clinton's assertion that nothing she sent or received was classified at the time before conceding that some of the traffic on her server could have been classified during Clinton's tenure.
Clinton and her allies have repeatedly argued the more than 2,000 emails that have been marked classified by the State Department were all subject to "retroactive classification," a determination that would mean the information in each message became more sensitive with the passage of time.
2. "No information in Clinton's emails was marked classified at the time she sent or received them."
That statement from Clinton's campaign website was unequivocally rejected by Comey Tuesday when the FBI director noted at least a few of the classified emails in Clinton's network were marked as such.
Clinton has frequently dismissed concerns over the sensitivity of her emails by claiming nothing was marked classified, a nuance Comey described as meaningless when it comes to the handling of sensitive material.
"Only a very small number of the emails containing classified information bore markings indicating the presence of classified information," Comey said. "But even if information is not marked classified in an email, participants who know or should know that the subject matter is classified are still obligated to protect it."
3. "I ... provided all my emails that could possibly be work-related."
Clinton signed an affidavit in federal court swearing she had provided all her work-related emails to the State Department upon request in 2014, and has consistently claimed to have handed over every official communication in her possession.
But Comey said FBI agents "discovered several thousand work-related emails that were not in the group of 30,000 that were returned by Secretary Clinton to State in 2014."
Clinton said in March 2015 that she had deleted roughly 30,000 emails she deemed personal in nature. At least three of those emails contained information that should have been considered classified when those emails were written Comey said.
The FBI director said his team "found no evidence that any of the additional work-related e-mails were intentionally deleted in an effort to conceal them."
Instead, Comey suggested Clinton routinely "purged" emails from her system throughout her tenure, causing work-related communications to disappear from the stash that remained at the end of her years as secretary of state.
4. "I opted for convenience to use my personal email account, which was allowed by the State Department, because I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two."
Comey revealed Clinton not only used multiple devices to access her personal inbox, but also hosted her network on multiple servers.
"Secretary Clinton used several different servers and administrators of those servers during her four years at the State Department, and used numerous mobile devices to view and send email on that personal domain," the FBI director said. "As new servers and equipment were employed, older servers were taken out of service, stored, and decommissioned in various ways."
The complex system of servers and devices made the process of piecing Clinton's network back together "painstaking" for FBI agents, Comey said.
5. "No, not at all," — Clinton in May when asked if there was a chance her server was hacked
While Clinton repeatedly denied indications that her server was ever vulnerable to hackers, Comey suggested Clinton's emails had less security than "a commercial service like Gmail."
"[W]e did not find direct evidence that Secretary Clinton's personal email domain, in its various configurations since 2009, was successfully hacked. But, given the nature of the system and of the actors potentially involved, we assess that we would be unlikely to see such direct evidence," the FBI director said.
"We do assess that hostile actors gained access to the private commercial email accounts of people with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her personal account." Comey added. "She also used her personal email extensively while outside the United States, including sending and receiving work-related e-mails in the territory of sophisticated adversaries."
Comey acknowledged it was "possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton's personal email account."