Congress to grill FBI head over Clinton email case

From the start, Chaffetz said he was "mystified" by Comey's recommendation to not charge Hillary Clinton with a crime for her mishandling of classified information as Secretary of State.

At the beginning of the hearing, Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) jumped quickly to questions about whether Clinton lied about her handling of classified information.

On Tuesday, Comey said Clinton was "extremely careless" in her handling of classified information, but that "no reasonable prosecutor" would bring a case against the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee.

Maryland Rep. ElijahE.Cummings, the committee's ranking Democrat, said Comey's appearance was a ploy by Republicans who turned against the Federal Bureau of Investigation director because they did not get the outcome they wanted.

Regarding Hillary Clinton, Stein (who believes Attorney General Loretta Lynch is a "great pal" of both President Obama and the Clintons) said "there was no chance that she was going to be indicted, there never was any chance that would happen".

He called Clinton's use of her personal email a awful mistake, but noted that there was no damage to the country because of it.

"They did not believe that (material in the emails) was classified, and I did not have a basis for second-guessing their conclusion", Clinton told CNN.

Comey said on Tuesday that 110 classified emails passed through Clinton's servers, which were not kept on a secure government server. He said "the recommendation was made the way you would want it to be, by people who didn't give a hoot about politics, who cared about what are the facts, what is the law, and how similar people, all people, have been treated in the past".

Democrats immediately decried the move as a political stunt, and Comey said he is confident that Clinton did not lie to investigators during her interviews with his agency.

The issue of Clinton's use of private email servers has cast a cloud over her campaign leading up to the November 8 presidential election, raised questions among voters about her trustworthiness and given her Republican presidential rival, Donald Trump, an avenue of attack. One question they said they were investigating was whether any of the emails were classified at the time of transmission. They included eight email chains with top secret information, the highest classification, along with 36 containing secret information and eight with confidential information.

In describing the matter, Comey said three emails on Clinton's server each had at least one paragraph "down in the body" with a "C" in parentheses at the beginning of the paragraph, indicating the paragraph contained classified information.

Asked about Comey's hearing as he walked out of Donald Trump's meeting with Republican senators on Capitol Hill on Thursday morning, Scott broke into a smile. Comey said the cases draw some good contrast, especially because Petraeus lied to law enforcement and the classified information he had was found hidden inside the insulation of his attic.

"In your statement, you did point out that administrative and security consequences would be appropriate if someone demonstrated extreme carelessness for classified information".

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