FBI Director James Comey is emphatically denying that he coordinates his decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton with the White House or anyone else.
Comey says no one influenced his decision in any way.
Republican Rep. John Mica of Florida said the timing of Comey’s announcement was suspicious and compared the decisions “choreography” to the Broadway musical, “Hamilton.”
The decision came just a week after former President Bill Clinton met privately with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and a few days after Clinton testified for 3 1/2 hours to the FBI.
Clinton campaigned with President Barack Obama a few hours after Comey’s announcement.
Mica said, “This is rapid fire. My folks have questions.”
Mica said he was “not a conspiracy theorist,” but the timing raises questions.
Comey said the agency tried hard to make a case against Hillary Clinton but ultimately concluded there was no case.
Comey tells the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that, “We went at this very hard to see if we could make a case.”
FBI Director James Comey is suggesting that it’s possible Hillary Clinton may not have been able to identify classified markings on emails.
Comey’s investigation found that there were 113 emails that were sent or received by Clinton containing classified material, contradicting Clinton’s previous statements.
Comey says under questioning from a Republican lawmaker that they asked Clinton about three emails that bore “C” markings indicating that the documents are classified. He says there’s a question of whether Clinton was “sophisticated enough” to understand what the C markings meant.
North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows says a reasonable person would think someone who is the secretary of state would understand what that means. Meadows says after Clinton’s time in the Senate and at the State Department, “that’s hard to believe.”
The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee says he is going to refer Hillary Clinton’s testimony before the House Benghazi Committee to the FBI to investigate whether she lied to Congress.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah cited comments by Clinton in which she said she did not send or receive any emails marked as classified.
Clinton testified for nearly 11 hours last fall before the Benghazi panel, which was investigating the deadly 2012 attacks that killed four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. Clinton was secretary of the state at the time and now is the presumptive Democratic nominee for president.
FBI Director James Comey told Chaffetz at a hearing Thursday that he had not reviewed the testimony because it has not been referred to him by Congress.
Chaffetz told Comey he would have a referral “in the next few hours.”
FBI Director James Comey is backing up Hillary Clinton’s long-stated reason for setting up a private email server when she became President Barack Obama’s secretary of state.
Comey tells a House committee that the FBI’s “best information” is that Clinton set up the private server “as a matter of convenience.” Those comments are in line with what Clinton has told the public.
Comey says under questioning from lawmakers that the investigation did not establish that Clinton was “particularly sophisticated” with the use of electronic information. That prompts Florida Congressman Ron DeSantis to reply, “Good grief.”
FBI Director James Comey says he did not hold Hillary Clinton to a different standard when he recommended no charges over her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.
Comey is telling a House committee that the FBI tries very hard to apply the same standard “whether you are rich or poor, white or black, old or young, famous or not known at all.”
Comey told the panel that Clinton did email classified material and used multiple devices during her four years as secretary of state, contradicting her public statements.
Republicans are pointing out that a rank-and-file government worker who used an unclassified email system to conduct classified government business would have been charged with a crime.
FBI Director James Comey says then-CIA Director David Petraeus hid material in the insulation in his attic as the agency pursued its case.
Testifying about Hillary Clinton’s emails on Thursday, Comey was questioned about the case of Petraeus in which he was prosecuted for mishandling classified information.
Petraeus pleaded guilty last year to knowingly sharing binders of classified information with his biographer, a woman with whom he was having a sexual relationship. The Justice Department made clear that the retired Army general knew the material was top secret when he divulged it and had lied to the FBI about it.
Comey made the surprising disclosure about the Petraeus case during questioning.
FBI Director James Comey says of Hillary Clinton there is, “no basis to conclude that she lied to the FBI.”
Comey is being questioned by the Republican-led House oversight committee on his decision not to recommend charges against the Democratic presidential candidate for blending personal and official business on a home email server while she was secretary of state.
FBI Director James Comey is telling the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that his investigation found evidence of “great carelessness” by Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information but no evidence that she or her staff illegally discussed classified information.
Comey says there was only one precedent in the past 100 years for prosecuting on a “gross negligence” item and “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring this case.
The chairman of the House committee probing why Hillary Clinton was not indicted this week is telling FBI Director James Comey that the decision is a mystery.
The Utah Republican, who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, tells Comey that the “fact pattern” he laid out in a scathing report this week about Clinton’s use of a private email server does not match his conclusion not to indict her.
Chaffetz says he can’t explain why there was no consequence for Clinton when an average American would likely be in handcuffs.
He adds that Clinton’s blending of private and official business on an unsecured private email server “not an innocent mistake.”
“There does seem to be two standards,” Chaffetz said.
The original AP story is below.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz says he has plenty of questions for James Comey Thursday, but he doesn’t question Comey’s integrity.
The Utah Republican congressman tells MSNBC that Comey “is a man of great integrity, that’s why it’s mystifying” that Comey he recommended no charges against Hillary Clinton despite the FBI’s findings that classified information traveled through her homebrew email server.
Chaffetz’s committee is hearing from Comey Thursday about the investigation. Attorney General Loretta Lynch has accepted Comey’s recommendation, igniting an inferno of criticism that what would clearly be a criminal infraction for others went unpunished for the Democratic presidential candidate and former secretary of state.
On NBC’s “Today” show, Chaffetz said he “absolutely” would have had Attorney General James Comey testify before his committee even if the decision had been to move toward an indictment.
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