Hillary Clinton: More Equal Under the Law Than Others

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to the National Association of Home Builders Thursday Aug. 11 2016 in Miami Beach Fla. (AP

Hillary Clinton: More Equal Under the Law Than Others

The legislation comes on the heels of the FBI's announcement on Tuesday that it would not recommend criminal charges against Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, for her use of a private email server and address to send State Department emails.

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Wednesday that he believes the presumptive Democratic nominee received preferential treatment from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and that she should be denied classified briefings because she was "so reckless" in her handling of her emails.

"We do not care what the person's stripes are or what their bank account looks like", Comey said.

Comey did not budge from his view that no "reasonable prosecutor" would seek to bring charges against Clinton given the facts of the case. Although there is a law that allows for felony prosecution for mishandling classified information due to gross negligence, that law has been used only once in the 99 years since it was enacted - and that was in a case involving espionage, Comey said.

Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonNRA endorses Rubio's reelection bid FBI won't rule out probe into Clinton Foundation Sanders allies to push amendments to platform MORE did not swear an oath to tell the truth before meeting with the FBI for three and a half hours last weekend, and the interview was not recorded, FBI Director James Comey told House lawmakers on Thursday.

On Tuesday, in a stinging assessment of her email practices as secretary of state, Mr Comey rebuked Mrs Clinton and her aides for being "extremely careless" in their handling of classified information and contradicted numerous defences and explanations she has put forward for months.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has said "there are a lot more questions that need to be answered" and, in a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, requested that Mrs Clinton be barred from receiving classified briefings for the rest of the campaign - a move that "certainly constitutes appropriate sanctions". The FBI director said Clinton had used her email extensively while traveling overseas where we have "sophisticated adversaries" and, "We assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton's personal email account". I know that's been a source of some confusion for folks, that's just the way it is.

WALBERG: Is it your statement, then, before this committee that secretary Clinton should have known not to send classified material and yet she did?

Comey was called to Capitol Hill by Republicans who were left frustrated over his decision to recommend no charges against Clinton. Yet, he charged her with having been "extremely careless" with US national security secrets, a phrase that seems synonymous with the gross negligence needed to indict and convict.

Toward the end, Rep. Mark Walker, R-N.C., felt obliged to ask Comey, "Do you feel like this has been a Republican witch hunt?" Comey politely said no. "That is a flawless illustration of the kind of cases that get prosecuted". "He admitted he knew that was the wrong thing to do". That is a flawless illustration of the kind of cases that get prosecuted.

Asked if she agreed that she was "extremely careless", Clinton told CNN she was not, adding that Comey had "clarified" his remarks.

Ms Lynch is likely to face questions of her own next week at a separate oversight hearing of the House Judiciary Committee.

But Republicans back in Washington began assembling the political machinery to keep the email issue at center stage through the presidential election.

"We did not find evidence sufficient to establish that she knew she was sending classified information beyond a reasonable doubt to meet that the intense standard".

The bill, which is co-sponsored by Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, is titled the "Taking Responsibility Using Secured Technologies Act of 2016", would revoke the security clearance for Clinton and her colleagues at the State Department.

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