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FBI head testifies to Congress over Clinton investigation

Alfredo Watts | 10 July, 2016, 06:34

The two-year inquiry, among many other details, had revealed she used a private email server for government business, setting off intense scrutiny that continues to dog Clinton's presidential campaign.

When agents investigate allegations of criminal wrongdoing, they look for evidence not only that a statute was violated but also that a person knew that what he was doing was wrong.

U.S. Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Hoover, grilled FBI Director James Comey on the possibility that foreign hackers breached Hillary Clinton's private email server, telling a congressional committee that "there's more to this story than we know".

"I have said I made a mistake using my personal email, I regret that...it's time to move on", Clinton told Pelley.

Gowdy: Secretary Clinton said, "I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email, there is no classified material".

"The precedent that I'm setting today is my absolute best effort to treat everybody fairly", Comey said.

Comey, under persistent questioning at the hearing of the House Oversight Committee, said Clinton did not break the law.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch On Wednesday accepted the FBI's recommendation and declined to press charges against Clinton.

In lengthier comments before Congress, Mr Comey again spoke of Mrs Clinton's carelessness and "real sloppiness", adding that it seemed she was not "particularly sophisticated with respect to classified information".

Clinton also told MSNBC's Lester Holt we have "some very deep divides in our country", and if we don't start addressing them, "we'll find ourselves in a worse downward spiral".

Ten Republican senators said on Thursday they had written Secretary of State John Kerry asking that the State Department immediately suspend security clearances of Ms Clinton and aides Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan and other former State Department employees for security violations.

Hurd expressed concern that many of his Democratic colleagues, based on their questions to Comey, "don't understand how classified information should be handled".

House Republicans Thursday accused FBI Director James Comey of setting a "dangerous precedent" by refusing to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton for her mishandling of State Department emails.

While Comey defended the eventual determination that no criminal charges were appropriate, he did agree with assertions by GOP lawmakers that the Democratic presidential candidate's public assurances about her email use were not backed up by the facts uncovered in the investigation.

The State Department started its review in January after declaring 22 emails from Clinton's private server to be "top secret".

"In their eyes, you had one job, and one job only, to prosecute Hillary Clinton", Cummings said.

In her interview Friday Clinton deflected some of the blame toward "people in government, mostly in the State Department" with whom she communicated "who did not believe they were sending any material that was classified".