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Tenn. Rep. Cooper defends FBI Director during GOP grilling

Alfredo Watts | 10 July, 2016, 07:04

"If not now, who?"

Attorney general Loretta Lynch said in a statement she was not pressing charges against anyone on the recommendation of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. "I don't think anything inappropriate was done", Clinton said of her email practices in an April 3 interview on NBC's "Meet the Press". "It takes mishandling it (the information) and it takes criminal intent".

Democrat Elijah Cummings, one of the ranking members of the House Committee Oversight, pushed FBI Director James Comey Thursday morning to identify the differences between Hillary Clinton's case and that of General David Petraeus. "Everyone knows what this committee is doing". Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Wednesday accepted Mr Comey's recommendation that no criminal charges were warranted and closed the case.

Comey said Clinton and her State Department staff did not intend to mishandle classified information, and it was possible she didn't realize certain emails were marked classified.

Apparently baffled by such a specific response to a vague question, Chaffetz said that he would ask the FBI to investigate whether Clinton lied to Congress.

Chaffetz: "Did the FBI investigate her statements under oath on this topic?"

"These are experienced diplomats, they have expertise in handling classified material", Mrs Clinton said.

Comey: "I don't remember reviewing that particular testimony".

It was the most detailed explanation to date about why the Justice Department concluded without charges a year-long investigation that had dogged Mrs Clinton's presidential campaign and raised questions for voters about her trustworthiness.

Trey Gowdy made the point more effectively, bringing up various statements Clinton had made about her emails and then asking Comey to verify the truth of what she said, based on his investigation.

"I have said, and I repeat, that it was a mistake to use personal email", she added.

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

Cooper accused representatives of being "armchair prosecutors".

Clinton had previously stated she had not sent any classified information in her emails.

Clinton brushed off this characterization today, arguing the State Department may have marked material classified that shouldn't have been marked as such.