The House Oversight Committee announced Wednesday that FBI Director James Comey will testify before Congress on Thursday. The hearing was scheduled due to his stunning announcement that he believes Hillary Clinton should not be prosecuted in the email scandal that has embroiled her presidential campaign.
Comey held a press conference on Tuesday where he laid out evidence from an FBI investigation that Hillary had, in fact, wrongfully handled classified emails. Comey labeled Hillary’s actions as “extremely careless” and said that “there is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those with whom she was corresponding about those matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that (top-secret emails) conversation.”
Despite Comey’s evidence that dispels Hillary’s repeated claims over the past year that she had not sent classified emails, Comey recommend that “no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case” to a court to prosecute.
GOP members and representatives were shocked and immediately called for Comey to explain more clearly his reasoning for letting Hillary off the hook. As House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said, “The FBI’s recommendation is surprising and confusing. The fact pattern presented by Director Comey makes clear Secretary Clinton violated the law. Individuals who intentionally skirt the law must be held accountable.” House Speaker Paul Ryan also voiced confusion saying, “there are a lot of unanswered questions here.”
The controversy surrounding the corruption claims around the Clinton’s that have grown increasingly since last week after Attorney General Loretta Lynch participated in a private meeting with former President Bill Clinton at the Phoenix Airport. Conservative leaders are outraged at these “coincidences” and are demanding answers.
Republican presidential presumptive nominee Donald Trump stated in a tweet that the “FBI director said Crooked Hillary compromised our national security. No charges. Wow!
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