- It's not a criminal indictment, but the FBI effectively issued a public indictment in Clinton email case, writes Douglas Cox
- The last remnants of Clinton's defense of her actions was demolished by FBI director, Cox says
Douglas Cox is an associate professor at the City University of New York School of Law. The views expressed are his own.
(CNN)While headlines about FBI Director James Comey's unprecedented announcement Tuesday largely focus on the agency recommending no charges against Hillary Clinton, the director's statement was a stinging public indictment of Clinton, her aides, and even her attorneys. While many had already concluded that charges were unlikely, the FBI investigation revealed new facts that illustrate that the possibility of criminal charges was closer than the public knew.