And then he said the FBI would not recommend prosecution.
Folks, this is not another "vast right-wing conspiracy," a la those about the death of Vince Foster. The head of the FBI carefully explained how someone had done what the law says one cannot do, and then he shied away from recommending prosecution because "no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case."
Which means one thing: No "reasonable prosecutor" would try to prosecute the front-runner for the presidency. Period.
This is not vindication for Hillary Clinton. She broke the law, as Comey clearly explained. She just isn't going to face the consequences of doing so -- and neither will anyone else in her circle.
But there was an indictment of sorts handed down today: that of a legal system that only pretends justice is blind.
There will be time, soon, for discussing the politics of this. For now, just let it sink in that a powerful woman is getting away with law-breaking simply because she is powerful. And no one is even pretending otherwise.