FBI director James Comey testified under oath Thursday at the House Oversight Committee about his decision not to recommend Hillary Clinton’s prosecution for mis-handling classified information. Here are the seven key takeaways.
1. Hillary to be investigated for perjury. Committee chair Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) told Comey that given the facts he had presented, Hillary Clinton had clearly lied under oath to the Benghazi committee and would be referred for investigation.
2. Hillary gave classified information to people without security clearance. Chaffetz: “Did Hillary Clinton give non-cleared people access to classified information?” Comey: “Yes.” That included her email administrators and her lawyers.
3. Hillary had “intent” to break the law. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) confronted Comey with the overwhelming evidence that Clinton intended to break the law, contradicting Comey’s contention that there was insufficient evidence of Clinton’s intent.
4. The FBI did not investigate whether Clinton had lied to them. They interviewed her on Saturday without placing her under oath or recording the meeting, and Comey admitted he did not “parse” the record of her interview to see if she lied.
5. Hillary’s best defense is that she is too stupid and incompetent to have known better. Comey said that Clinton might not be “sophisticated” enough to tell when documents were classified — though members of the committee showed otherwise.
6. Hillary is probably still being investigated for corruption regarding the Clinton Foundation. Comey said that other investigations against Clinton’s team had ended, but would not confirm or deny an ongoing probe into the Clinton Foundation.
7. Democrats showed no interest in holding Hillary accountable. Instead, they attacked Donald Trump, complained that the hearings were political, praised Comey for his integrity, and made false accusations of bias against the committee.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. His new book, See No Evil: 19 Hard Truths the Left Can’t Handle, will be published by Regnery on July 25 and is available for pre-order through Amazon. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.