The FBI turned over its report on the investigation into Clinton’s email server to Congress on Tuesday. The report was provided to the Justice Department last month, and explains why the agency did not recommend charges.
The FBI’s move to hand Congress its investigative material is exceptionally rare.
The bureau’s report includes notes, known as 302s, from interviews with witnesses and Clinton herself during the investigation.
Because the material is marked as classified, congressional officials will need to review the material in a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility. The information cannot legally be shared with the general public.
“As the director stated, the FBI did find evidence that Secretary Clinton and her colleagues were extremely careless in their hiding of certain, very sensitive, highly classified information,” FBI Assistant Director Jason V. Herring said in a letter to Jason Chaffetz, House Oversight Committee Chairman.
Herring went on to note that “extreme carelessness” did not equate to “gross negligence,” which is required by the statute. “In this case, the FBI assessed that the facts did not support a recommendation to prosecute her or others within the scope of the investigation for gross negligence.”
The Clinton campaign has called for the notes to become public. The Democratic nominee is concerned that Republicans will “mischaracterize” the notes, which may further damage her image.