FBI Director James Comey appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Thursday to further detail the FBI’s yearlong investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server and handling of classified information while she was secretary of state.
Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, hastily scheduled the hearing just two days after Comey announced the findings of his agency’s investigation into Clinton and recommended that no criminal charges be filed against her.
Let us all be very clear at this point — we do not believe that Chairman Chaffetz’s hearing was hastily scheduled. Americans must come to the realization that their government — Legislative, Judicial and Executive branches — are admittedly lazy; moreover, often times their minds are not into any situation. Therefore, inasmuch as it has taken several subpoenas with verbal character bashing in order for this House Committee to actually get the evidentiary material from various individuals within the Justice and State departments.
The following is a list of material that we, as Americans, were able to synthesize after the hearings were over.
- Comey says there is no basis that Clinton lied to the FBI.
Nearly one year ago, on July 25, Clinton told reporters at a press conference that she was “confident” she “never sent or received any information that was classified at the time it was sent or received.”
However, during its investigation, the FBI concluded that 110 emails in 52 email chains Clinton returned to the State Department contained classified information when they were sent or received. Eight of those communications contained “top secret” information, 37 received “secret information,” and the rest contained “confidential information,” the FBI said.
- Chaffetz plans to file a referral to the FBI to look into whether she lied to Congress under oath.
While questioning Comey on Clinton’s statements regarding her handling of classified information, Chaffetz asked Comey if the FBI looked into whether the former secretary of state lied under oath about receiving and sending classified information. During an October hearing before the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, asked Clinton about classified information sent in emails stored on her server.
“There was nothing marked classified on my emails, either sent or received,” Clinton told Jordan during the hearing.
Comey told Chaffetz that, although he was aware of Clinton’s exchange with Jordan, the FBI hadn’t investigated whether she lied under oath because the agency never received a referral to do so from Congress.
3. Comey says Clinton’s case is very different from that involving David Petraeus.
- There is no transcript or recording of Clinton’s meeting with the FBI on Saturday, and she wasn’t placed under oath.
- Comey said Clinton isn’t sophisticated in her knowledge of classification systems.
- Clinton gave people without security clearances access to classified information.
- Comey contradicted a number of statements Clinton made to reporters and Congress regarding the use of her private email server.