Patriots everywhere were furious on Tuesday when FBI director James Comey announced that he would be recommending that Hillary Clinton not be charged for her use of a personal email server during her time as Secretary of State.
One day later, Comey is now the person in the hot seat as House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte has announced that the FBI director will be facing a probe of his own.
“It is clear that Secretary Clinton possibly jeopardized the safety and security of our citizens and nation through her use of private email servers,” the Virginia Republican said in a statement, according to The Washington Examiner. “None should be above the law, and the American people need to know that federal law enforcement is taking this misconduct seriously.”
Goodlatte reportedly “raised several concerns” with Comey in a phone call and then sent him many more questions in a follow up letter. The questions revolved around how Comey came to the conclusion that Clinton shouldn’t be prosecuted for “gross negligence” in light of his conclusion that she showed “extreme carelessness” in the way she handled classified information.
“If any other American with a security clearance had placed such sensitive information at risk, is there nothing the FBI would have done to recommend sanctions against such person’s extreme carelessness?” Goodlatte wrote.
This came after Comey criticized Clinton in his announcement despite the fact that he didn’t charge her.
“Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information,” Comey said. “Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”
Goodlatte spoke out against Comey for “pre-judging” the outcome of a prosecutorial review.
“If the FBI found evidence of potential crimes related to mishandling of classified information by Secretary Clinton and her staff, why would the FBI pre-judge that ‘no reasonable prosecutor’ would ever bring such a case for negligent mishandling of classified information?” he asked. “Is that not a decision that should be made by the Department of Justice?”
Goodlatte’s final question raised the possibility of an ongoing investigation against the Clintons.
“What does your recommendation to DoJ that Secretary Clinton not be charged, despite extreme carelessness in the handling of classified information, mean for the FBI’s investigation into the Clinton Foundation?” he asked.
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