The grilling of FBI Director Comey by House Republicans has been another colossal backfire on par with the 11 hour marathon when Hillary outlasted and outwitted Republicans. Director Comey, who announced he is no longer a Republican, avoided his unprofessional comments about Secretary Clinton in his original press conference two days ago and seemed surprised when attacked by Republicans in the hearing. Comey made it clear there was nothing to the charges made by the radical right.
No reasonable prosecutor would bring the second case in 100 years focused on gross negligence. That’s just the way it is. I know the Department of Justice. I know no reasonable prosecutor would bring this case. I see evidence of great carelessness. But I do not see evidence that is sufficient to establish that Secretary Clinton or those with whom she was corresponding both talked about classified information on email and knew when they were doing it that it was against the law.
Most people agree that if you’re going to bring charges against Hillary Clinton for using a private email server, you must also bring charges against former Secretary of State Colin Powell (who used an AOL account) and aides to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for the same practice, not to mention the George W. Bush administration for deleting 22 million emails in the last year of his second term:
In 2007, when Congress asked the Bush administration for emails surrounding the firing of eights U.S. attorneys, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales revealed that many of the emails requested could not be produced because they were sent on a non-government email server. The officials had used the private domain gwb43.com, a server run by the Republican National Committee. Two years later, it was revealed that potentially 22 million emails were deleted, which was considered by some to be a violation of the Presidential Records Act.
In response to an earlier attack by Donald Trump regarding General Petraeus, Comey said that was the “perfect illustration of a case that gets prosecuted” and that Petraeus had “vast quantities of classified information” and lied to the FBI. Clinton was not aware of the classified information and fully cooperated with the FBI investigation.
Republicans repeated the charge that Clinton lied about the incident but Comey maintained that “we have no basis to conclude she lied to the FBI”. They hinted at starting a new scandal making the charge that Clinton “lied to the American people”, a phrase that is only meaningful to them on small infractions related to their opponents and not when Republicans lie to the American people and thousands die (re: Iraq).
One interesting interaction took place when the Director was offended by the insinuation that he colluded with the Clinton campaign:
Btw: In a case of unbelievable hypocrisy, Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz, one of the members questioning Director Comey, lists his GMail address on his business card (reported by ABC News).
Chaffetz is the Chairman of the House Committee On Oversight and Government Reform. So the guy in charge of oversight really needs someone watching over him.