Hillary Clinton lied to the American people about her homebrew email system, the FBI director said Thursday.
During sworn testimony Director James Comey said that Clinton’s actions were “extremely careless,” and that her public statements about her actions were not truthful, UPI is reporting.
He said he found evidence that classified information was “mishandled” and may have been made available to “hostile” forign governments – but he found no evidence anyone intended to violate government secrecy laws.
In back and forth between Comey and Rep. Trey Gowdy – a former federal prosecutor – Comey agreed that her public statements were lies:
Gowdy first asked about Clinton’s statement that “there was nothing marked ‘classified.'”
“Not true,” Comey said.
He then asked if there was any classified material on the servers.
“There was classified email,” Comey said.
He then asked whether she had turned over all her emails, as Clinton promised repeatedly she had done.
“We found work-related emails, thousands, that were not returned,” the FBI director said.
Interestingly, Comey admitted that their Saturday interview was neither recorded, nor done under oath. Despite that, he said it would still be a crime to lie to the FBI.
Comey said he did not personally interview Clinton, and he did not talk to all of the “five or six” agents who did. When asked if her testimony was under oath, he said: “No, but it’s still a crime to lie to us.”
Comey also said that he didn’t check whether or not Clinton actually lied to the FBI in the same way she lied to Congress and the American people about her e-mails.
“I haven’t gone through that to parse that,” Comey told Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), when asked whether Clinton had corrected her earlier, false public statements in her private interview last Saturday with the FBI.
Comey said on Tuesday that Clinton had not turned over all of her work emails, that her lawyers had not read them individually, and that she had sent classified materials as well as emails with classified markings. Clinton said the opposite, under oath, to the House Select Committee on Benghazi last October, and several times in public statements as well.
Lying to the FBI is a felony, and it was one of the reasons Comey gave for the prosecution of former General David Petraeus for mis-handling classified information.
Meadows followed up to ask Comey to examine whether Clinton had, in fact, lied to the FBI and to present the results of that investigation to the House Oversight Committee. (Later, under questioning from Democrats, Comey said he had “no basis” to believe Clinton had lied.)