FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers on Thursday that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton did not lie to the FBI about her handling of e-mails as secretary of state and did not break the law.
Comey told a Republican-led oversight panel in the House of Representatives that no reasonable prosecutor would charge Clinton with a crime over her use of private e-mail servers while she was secretary of state, some of which were used to transmit classified information.
Comey said there was only one precedent in the past 100 years for prosecuting on a “gross negligence” item and “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring this case.
Comey also said he doesn’t believe that Clinton asked her lawyers to delete emails on their devices that weren’t not turned over to investigators.
Comey’s appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee marked his first public statements since an FBI announcement that removed the threat of criminal charges against the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, but also revived public scrutiny of her handling of classified information.
“Our folks did it in an apolitical and a professional way,” Comey said of the FBI’s handling of its yearlong investigation.