In July, James Comey decided not to bring charges against Hillary Clinton for her mishandling of a private server in her home in Chappaqua, NY.
He did so on the grounds that her actions were not “grossly negligent” which, according to the Espionage Act of 1917, would necesitate prosecution against the former Secretary of State. Instead, Comey characterized her actions as “extremely careless,” when he stated: “Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”
According to Comey, there is a distinction between “gross negligence” and “extreme carelessness.” Except Webster’s Dictionary defines gross negligence as: “failure to exercise the care that a reasonably prudent person would exercise in like circumstances.”
So will the future FBI director come to the same conclusion as James Comey?