5 Things You Should Know About the FBI Hearing With James Comey
On Thursday, FBI Director James Comey testified in front of the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform about his recommendation for the FBI to issue no charges against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The hearing went on for nearly four hours, but PJ Media has complied the 5 big statements during the event.
Just a brief recap: On Tuesday, Comey made a speech declaring Clinton's use of a private email server as "extremely careless," but effectively exonerating her from any federal charges. Many saw this as a "double standard," especially because Comey's comments revealed Clinton's declarations on the email scandal to be huge lies -- just check out this Reason TV video on it.
Republicans and Democrats asked important questions, and Comey responded or failed to respond. Here are the five big moments you shouldn't miss:
1. This was not a Republican witch-hunt.
North Carolina Republican Representative Mark Walker asked Comey about the political nature of the FBI investigation. Comey made clear that "it wasn't Republicans or Congress who asked for the investigation," but it was suggested by the State Department inspector general. "This was not a Republican witch-hunt," he explicitly said.
Walker pointed out that many of the congresswomen who have praised Comey as a public servant after his decision not to charge Hillary Clinton were the same people who attacked the FBI for running an investigation on "frivolous" issues earlier. These Democrats also argued that the entire investigation was a "Republican witch-hunt," when it was not.
2. Hillary's email was less secure than a Gmail account that hackers are paid $180 to hack into.
Iowa Republican Congressman Rod Blum asked Comey about the security of Hillary Clinton's private email server. The FBI director said that yes, "even a basic free account, a Gmail account, had better security than she did." Blum emphasized that people are paid roughly $180 to hack into a Gmail account, suggesting that it is relatively easy to do so, and that Clinton's server was extraordinarily unprotected from potential foreign hackers.
— Tyler O'Neil (@Tyler2ONeil) July 7, 2016
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