FBI Chief Comey Facing Congress On Clinton Email Investigation

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the National Association of Home Builders Thursday Aug. 11 2016 in Miami Beach Fla. (AP

Thursday at a House Oversight Committee hearing on the FBI's investigation and conclusions into presumptive Democratic presidential front nominee Hillary Clinton's use of private unsecured email servers during her tenure as secretary of state, FBI Director James Comey said it would be a "double standard" if Clinton were prosecuted for gross negligence.

"However, the same can not be said for the State Department and other government email systems".

In a Thursday morning appearance on "Fox & Friends", Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) weighed in on the FBI's recommendation not to prosecute former secretary of state Hillary Clinton for mishandling classified information.

The U.S. Department of Justice accepted the FBI's recommendation on Tuesday to not file criminal charges against Clinton or her staff for her use of an unauthorized, unsecure private server for her work as U.S. secretary of state.

On July 7, Comey appeared before the House Oversight Committee to answer questions about the FBI investigation and why he had come to his decision to not recommend charges against Clinton.

The FBI discovered, out of more than 30,000 emails reviewed, 110 emails in 52 email chains contained classified information, including eight chains that dealt with top secret information. Obama did say that he shared Comey's concerns about the treatment of classified mail at the State Department, which Clinton once run.

Comey said his FBI team had conducted its investigation of Clinton "in an apolitical and professional way" and he had no reason to believe she had lied to the FBI.

Yet, she added that in his four-hour testimony "the director clarified" that improperly marked emails could have been seen as unclassified.

Comey on Tuesday had recommended that no charges be brought over Clinton's email use from 2009 to 2013. "I can speak about what she said to the FBI", Comey responded.

Following Comey's briefing, Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, tweeted, "Gross Negligence = blatant indifference to one's legal duty". She then asks Comey to explain how he concluded Clinton did not run afoul of that law.

House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, the highest-ranking elected Republican, said in a statement that Mr. Comey's announcement "defies explanation".

"I assume they will pay very close attention" to the Justice Department's findings, she said.

"The material that they sent to me, they didn't believe was classified".

Though Comey's less-than-definitive remarks were interpreted by many cyber security experts as an indication that Clinton's server was indeed hacked - The New York Times ran a piece citing such experts - Clinton dismissed the idea as mere speculation on the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's part. Comey, also a fomer prosecutor, said he understood the theory.

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