Today has been a rough day for FBI Director James Comey. During his testimony on Capitol Hill this morning, Comey confirmed numerous instances where Hillary Clinton lied about her emails.
Yet, he failed to articulate exactly why, given this information, he still recommends against criminally charging Clinton.
FBI Director James Comey confirmed on Thursday that some of Hillary Clinton’s statements and explanations about her email server to the House Benghazi Committee last October were not true, as evidenced by the bureau’s investigation into whether she mishandled classified information. During an extended exchange with Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), Comey affirmed that the FBI’s investigation found information marked classified on her server even after Clinton had said that she had neither sent nor received any items marked classified.
“That is not true,” Comey said. “There were a small number of portion markings on, I think, three of the documents.” Asked whether Clinton’s testimony that she did not email “any classified material to anyone on my email” and “there is no classified material” was true, Comey responded, “No, there was classified material emailed.”
“Secretary Clinton said she used one device. Was that true?” Gowdy asked, to which Comey answered, “She used multiple devices during the four years of her term as secretary of state.” Gowdy then asked whether it was true that Clinton, as she said, returned all work-related emails to the State Department. “No, we found work-related emails, thousands that were not returned,” Comey said.
“Secretary Clinton said neither she or anyone else deleted work-related emails from her personal account. Was that true?” Gowdy asked. “That’s a harder one to answer,” Comey responded. “We found traces of work-related emails in, on devices or in slack space. Whether they were deleted or whether when a server changed out something happened to them, there is no doubt that the work-related emails that were removed electronically from the email system.”
Rep. Gowdy put it best when he closed his time with a simple question: Why is Hillary Clinton being treated differently than the rest of us?
The facts of the case are clear, the evidence is there, and people at all levels of government service have been punished much more for doing much less.
The Obama Administration is sending a clear message to the American people that yes, you can be “too big to jail.”