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Lynch, Comey Called To Testify Before House Committee

| by Ray Brown
Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James ComeyAttorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey

The FBI decided not to recommend charges be filed against presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for her mishandling of classified intelligence over her personal email servers while she was secretary of state, but Republicans aren't giving up so easily.

Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah announced the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will call Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey to testify about the year-long investigation into Clinton's email situation.

"The FBI's recommendation is surprising and confusing," Chaffetz said in a statement. "The fact pattern presented by Director Comey makes clear Secretary Clinton violated the law. Individuals who intentionally skirt the law must be held accountable."

The FBI's investigation concluded July 5 and Comey was highly critical of Clinton's handling of her email, announcing that the FBI found Clinton had several private servers, material that was deemed classified at the time was sent through those servers -- despite Clinton's denial this happened -- and thousands of emails weren't handed over to the State Department until nearly two years after Clinton left office

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“Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information,” Comey said.

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin said Comey's conclusion needs more explanation, which is why Republicans are calling him to testify. Comey did not answer questions publicly after his announcement on the investigation.

"What really just mystifies me is the case he makes and then the conclusion he draws, and what bothers me about this is the Clintons really are living above the law. They're being held by different set of standards. That is clearly what this looks like," Ryan said, according to The Associated Press. "And this is why we're going to have hearings, and this is why I think that Comey should give us all the publicly available information to see how and why they reached these conclusions."

But Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland said Republicans are just being sore losers and are now playing politics.

"Republican after Republican praised Director Comey's impeccable record of independence -- right up until the moment he issued his conclusion," Cummings told AP. "The only emergency here is that yet another Republican conspiracy theory is slipping away."

Sources: Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, AP, FBI / Photo credits: DOJ, FBI

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