- Comey will testify Thursday before the House Overusing and Government Reform Committee, the panel’s chairman, Jason Chaffetz of Utah, announced Wednesday
- The announcement followed after Comey rebuked Clinton for “extremely careless” behavior in her handling of classified emails as secretary of state, but declared that “no charges are appropriate”
- There are a lot of questions that have to be answered. And so we’re going to be asking those questions,” House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters
- He added that Clinton received preferential treatment. “We have seen nothing but stonewalling and dishonesty from Secretary Clinton on this issue, and that means there are a lot more questions that need to be answered”
- Ryan said Clinton should be barred from receiving classified briefings in the course of the campaign
- Ryan suggested that Congress should decide whether a special prosecutor should be appointed in the case
- The FBI’s recommendation is surprising and confusing,” Chaffetz said “The fact pattern presented by Director Comey makes clear Secretary Clinton violated the law. Individuals who intentionally skirt the law must be held accountable”
- Donald Trump states “It was no accident that charges were no recommended against Hillary the exact same day as President Obama campaigns with her for the first time” complaining that the system is “rigged”
- I know there will be intense public debate in the wake of this recommendation, as there was throughout the investigation,” Comey said. “What I can assure the American people is that this investigation was done honestly, confidently, and independently. No outside influence of any kind was brought to bear”
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