Lynch defends decision not to charge Clinton over email inquiry

"If Attorney General Lynch doesn't want to answer questions about the investigation, then she should have appointed a special prosecutor at the start of the investigation", Goodlatte said, adding, "The American people deserve transparency about this investigation".

Representatives were looking for more information following FBI Director James Comey's four-hour testimony on Hillary Clinton's email investigation last week.

So like the result or not (Many Americans do not; a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Monday showed 56 percent of American adults disapprove of the FBI's decision.), the federal government's criminal probe of how Clinton handled classified information is over.

Judicial Watch said the FBI finding raised questions about Clinton's statement in an August 8, 2015, affidavit that she said her lawyers had handed back all potential federal records.

But Mr. Comey, a former prosecutor and top Justice Department official himself, said Mrs. Clinton was too unsophisticated to understand the technology or the classification system for him to prove she meant to mishandling the information - and he concluded no prosecutor could make a case.

"Secretary Clinton testified publicly about her email before the Benghazi Select Committee on October 22, 2015", Clinton's attorneys said.

But several also blasted their Republican colleagues' use of the hearing to continue to talk about Clinton's emails.

The hearing played out amid a roiling national debate over police violence, and committee Democrats repeatedly tried to turn the conversation to that issue and other topics as they criticized Republicans for dwelling on the Democrats' likely presidential nominee and her email practices. "I'm also grateful to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their hard work to reach this conclusion, and I hope we can turn our focus to the problems facing our nation like job creation, national security, and creating a better future for our children".

Republicans are also following another line of attacks against Clinton.

"These questions are pretty simple", Chaffetz said. Nor had she discussed with them a position in the Hillary Clinton administration, she said. "Plaintiff has an answer to the question it posed; it just does not like it. Plaintiff's dissatisfaction with the record that it has been able to create is not a valid reason to extend the limited discovery the Court authorized".

"Contrary to Plaintiff's vague contention that 'important questions remain, ' the discovery that Plaintiff itself designed has not revealed a shred of evidence indicating an intent to thwart FOIA", the State Department said.

Rep. Steve Chabot said "one of the great mysteries" of the case is what constitutes the difference between "extreme carelessness" - Comey's description of Clinton's conduct - and gross negligence, the standard set forth in the law regarding classified information.

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