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Comey's Bad Day in Congress

Fortunately, Trey Gowdy could explain the meaning of "intent."

Nate Jackson · Sep. 29, 2016

“We have no evidence that’s sufficient to justify the conclusion that [Hillary Clinton] violated any of the statutes with respect to classified information,” FBI Director James Comey said this week. And, he told Congress Wednesday, “I haven’t seen anything that would come near” to re-opening the investigation. “I know there’s lots of questions, lots of controversy. I’m very proud of the way this was done.” Regardless of Comey’s pride, he and the FBI aided and abetted Clinton in walking free after she clearly violated the law and jeopardized national security with her careless handling of classified information over her private email system. In his July announcement, Comey scolded Clinton for being “extremely careless,” but he also effectively rewrote 18 U.S.C. 793(f) so as to include “intent” as being needed for conviction. He argued the FBI couldn’t prove Hillary’s intent, which is laughable given the lengths to which she went to cover up her crimes. On Wednesday, he argued that it’s not his job to determine Clinton’s truthfulness in public statements. It’s also not his job to rewrite statutes or to make prosecutorial decisions.

Comey also wouldn’t answer when or if the FBI would investigate whether Clinton perjured herself before Congress. The record is abundantly clear: She lied. A lot. But the answer is also obvious: The FBI isn’t going to touch that with a 10-foot pole. Comey should say so.

Of course, one reason Clinton was never indicted was because of Barack Obama’s direct involvement in her email scandal. In that sense, Comey’s hands were tied. He was not going to be the guy to take on both Obama and Clinton — even less so after Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s clandestine meeting with Bill Clinton.

On a final note, Rep. Trey Gowdy had one of the better exchanges of the day, explaining to Comey just how to determine someone’s intent. Everything Hillary did, he said, from setting up the server in the first place to lying about it and deleting emails with sophisticated software — heck, she even smashed mobile devices with hammers — proves her intent. If only Comey were honest enough to admit as much.

The really damning part begins at about the 3:30 mark.

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