- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson said Tuesday he’s “not particularly surprised” by FBI Director James Comey’s announcement that the department is not recommending criminal charges against Hillary Clinton, but that the matter surrounding Mrs. Clinton’s private email setup still raises questions about her judgment.

“I think the thing to take away from this is that he was extremely critical of her judgment, and stated that a high government official should know better,” Mr. Carson said on MSNBC of Mr. Comey’s announcement.

“She’s not only a high government official — she’s the secretary of state and has been a senator twice,” said Mr. Carson, a former 2016 GOP presidential candidate who has endorsed Donald Trump.

“So the real question is: are Americans willing to place everything in the hands of somebody with such poor judgment?” Mr. Carson said.

Mr. Comey said Tuesday said that while Mrs. Clinton was reckless in how she handled her private server and email, no criminal charges would be appropriate in the case.

Mr. Carson said he thinks the issue of whether there’s criminality is secondary to the issue of “extraordinarily poor judgment.”

“And this is not the first instance where that has occurred,” he said.

“Judgment issues are the ones that are the most important — the character issues,” Mr. Carson said.

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