Comey: Hillary’s FBI Testimony Wasn’t Under Oath Or Recorded
““I don’t think our investigation established she was particularly sophisticated with respect to classified information and the levels and treatment.”
FBI Director James Comeytestified on Thursday before Congress about his decision to recommend that Hillary Clinton should not be criminally prosecuted for her use of a private email server while serving as Secretary of State. Here are the most revealing moments from FBI Director Comey’s testimony, in no particular order:
1) “Gross Negligence” was not a key determination in deciding whether to bring charges in this case:
The FBI Director explained that the statute with “gross negligence” was never really considered in this case because of a fear at the Department of Justice that it was possibly unconstitutional.
2) Hillary Clinton was not “sophisticated enough” to understand the classification system:
“I just want to take one of your assumptions about ‘sophistication,’” Comey said. “I don’t think our investigation established she was particularly sophisticated with respect to classified information and the levels and treatment.”
“Isn’t she an original classification authority though?” DeSantis asked.
“Yes, sir, yes, sir,” Comey responded.
“Good grief,” DeSantis said.
3) Congress will submit a referral to the FBI asking for an investigation into whether Hillary Clinton lied under oath:
“Did you review the documents where Congressman Jim Jordan asked her specifically, and she said ‘There was nothing marked classified on my emails either sent or received.’ … Did the FBI investigate her statements under oath on this topic?” Congressman Chaffetz asked.
“Not to my knowledge — I don’t think there has been a referral from Congress,” Director Comey replied.
4) Director Comey made it clear that any other government employee who did this would face serious consequences:
He was asked to follow up on this statement more than a few times during the hearing. While he was generally hesitant to comment on hypotheticals, Director Comey left no doubt that any other government employee who did something similar to Clinton would immediately be sent to a “suitability review” process to determine their fitness to hold a clearance. He also said that a person would be subject to a number of other consequences, ranging from a suspension to termination and prohibition from future in employment in the United States government.
5) Hillary Clinton’s lawyers did not have security clearances when they sorted through her classified emails:
Congressman Jason Chaffetz asked Director Comey whether Hillary Clinton’s attorneys had the required security clearances necessary to view classified material. As Clinton has stated numerous times, she retained several attorneys to help her sort through her emails to determine what was work-related before turning them over to the State Department.
In a fiery exchange towards the end of today’s testimony with Congressman Jason Chaffetz, Director Comey revealed that Clinton’s attorneys did not have proper security clearances. Congressman Chaffetz was dumbfounded and asked the Director to explain how this did not show intent to disclose classified material to persons without a proper security clearances.
6) Director Comey refused to comment on the existence of a second FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation
Earlier this year, reports surfaced that federal investigators had expanded the probe to include possible “pay for play” allegations between the State Department and the Clinton Foundation. Director Comey was asked about this in the latter part of his testimony, but he declined to answer the question.
“I’m not going to comment on the existence or non-existence of any other investigations,” Director Comey said.
“Was the Clinton Foundation tied to this investigation?” congressman Chaffetz asked.
“I’m not going to answer that,” Comey replied.
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Jason Chaffetz Digs in on Comey at Start of Capitol Hearing
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– Chaffetz: “Given the fact pattern that you laid out less than 48 hours ago, would a person who dealt with classified information like that, would that person be granted a security clearance at the FBI?
Comey: “It would be an important consideration…..”
Chaffetz: “Personally, that sounds to me like a political answer..”
Trey Gowdy GRILLS James Comey On Hillary Clinton Emails
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Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) Q/A with FBI Director James Comey
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– On the question of ‘context’ and prosecutorial discretion, Mr. Comey cites extenuationg circumstance determine ‘context’ for the FBI, for instance, “was it somebody who had a sufficient level of education and training and experience that we can infer certain things from that….to ascertain…to consider the entire set of circumstances of the person’s offense conduct….”
– So essentially, is the FBI director saying Hillary can walk because she was ignorant of the law, and sufficiently incompetent with respect to handling national security information.
– Sadly, Mr. Comey seems like just another DC political bureaucrat, making excuses for the political elite he is dependent upon./CJ