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Rep. Chaffetz: Clinton Would Be In Jail If She Weren't Powerful

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Rep. Jason ChaffetzRep. Jason Chaffetz

A high-ranking Republican who heads the main investigative arm of Congress says he intends to review the FBI's probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's email scandal, saying Clinton should "probably be in handcuffs" based on the evidence against her.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, who heads the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that FBI Director James Comey's statements about the investigation don't square with the decision not to prosecute.

"I worry that there are two standards: that if your name is Clinton or you're part of the rich and powerful, you live under a different set of rules than everybody else," Chaffetz said, per Politico. "Because it does appear based on the fact pattern laid out by the director that if you had done those things, you'd probably be in handcuffs, you'd probably be going to jail and probably should, based on the statute. So, we want to ask him about that and now that the Department of Justice said they're not going to prosecute, no reason they can't provide us all the information."

Comey was called to appear before the oversight committee on July 7, where Republican lawmakers grilled him on his decision not to recommend charges.

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Comey called Clinton's behavior the "definition of carelessness" during the hearing, and said she made repeated claims in public that were "not true," according to a Fox News report on the hearing.

Lawmakers took the FBI director line-by-line through a series of public statements the former secretary of state made over the past year in reference to her private email server, which was in the basement of her home in Chappaqua, New York.

Asked about Clinton's claims that none of the emails were marked classified, Comey replied: “That’s not true ... There was classified material emailed.”

Asked about Clinton's claim that she only used one mobile device, Comey told lawmakers that she "used multiple devices."

And when members of the committee asked Comey about Clinton's claim that she had turned over all work-related emails from her time as secretary of state, the FBI director confirmed press reports that said there were large gaps in the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee's email history.

“No, we found work-related emails," Comey said, "thousands that were not returned.”

The hearing won't be the last time Republicans press Comey and the FBI on their findings. House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, told the director he wants the materials from the investigation turned over.

“Right now, there are simply too many unanswered questions,” Ryan wrote in a letter to Comey. “The American people deserve to know exactly what your investigation uncovered and why the FBI came to the decision to recommend that no criminal charges be brought against Secretary Clinton.”

Sources: Politico, Fox News / Photo credit: ABC News via Crooks and Liars

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