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House Republicans Call FBI Director Comey To Testify

| by Robert Fowler
Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of UtahRepublican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah

FBI Director James Comey delivered an exhaustive account of why he was not recommending charges against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. However, Republican lawmakers are not satisfied with his decision, and Comey has been called to testify before the House.

On July 5, Comey scolded Clinton during his remarks on the investigating of her use of a private server but stated that there was no legal precedent to argue that she had broken the law.

“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,” Comey said, according to The Washington Post.

While Comey characterized the conduct of Clinton and her team as "extremely careless," he concluded, "We cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts."

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Though the FBI director’s statement was politically damaging for Clinton, refuting several of her explanations for using a private email server and highlighting the security risks involved, GOP lawmakers have been vocally outraged that Comey deemed her conduct not worthy of prosecution.

On July 6, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, announced that he would be calling Comey to testify before his panel to explain why he had decided not to seek charges against Clinton, The Hill reports.

“Individuals who intentionally skirt the law must be held accountable,” Chaffetz said in an official statement. “Congress and the American people have a right to understand the depth and breadth of the FBI’s investigation.”

Chaffetz announced that Comey had accepted his invitation to appear before the House committee on July 7, just two days after the FBI director laid out the specifics of the investigation in painstaking detail.

Comey, a Republican with a reputation for strong integrity in Washington, D.C., may be asked to divulge details of the investigation, which is highly irregular for the FBI. His date with Capitol Hill may not be the last time a law enforcement official is called to testify before Congress over Clinton’s email scandal.

“We’re going to have hearings,” the House Speaker, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, told Fox News. “There are a lot of unanswered questions here,” he added.

Ryan added that Clinton could be punished by being denied further access to classified information.

Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the highest-ranking Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, blasted his Republican colleagues in his own official statement.

“Since Republicans disagree with his recommendation, they are doing what they always do — using taxpayer funds to continue ‘investigating’ their baseless claims in an effort to bring down Secretary Clinton’s poll numbers,” Cummings said in a statement, The Hill reports.

“The only emergency here is that yet another Republican conspiracy theory is slipping away.”

Sources: Fox News, The Hill, The Washington Post / Photo credit: Don LaVange/Flickr

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