Clinton email case handling brings tumultuous time for FBI

FBI Director James Comey makes a statement at FBI Headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Comey said 110 emails sent or received on Hillary Clinton's server contained classified information. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
FBI Director James Comey makes a statement at FBI Headquarters in Washington, Tuesday, July 5, 2016. Comey said 110 emails sent or received on Hillary Clinton's server contained classified information. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The FBI’s handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation has created more turmoil for the bureau than any other matter in recent history.

It’s exposed internal tensions with the Justice Department and stirred concerns that the famously apolitical organization unnecessarily injected itself into the campaign.

The FBI has prided itself on being both independent and silent about its work. It has survived other painful moments in its century-long existence.

But rarely have its core duties become so awkwardly entangled with politics. That’s thanks to an election-year criminal investigation involving Clinton’s email practices, and significant public statements in the final two weeks of the campaign.

The latest news came Sunday when FBI Director James Comey said a new email review hasn’t changed the conclusion that Clinton should not face charges.

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