Tuesday on Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer reacted to FBI director James Comey’s announcement earlier in the day that his agency would not be recommending criminal charges against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for her use of an improper email server while secretary of state.
According to Krauthammer, it’s not the end of her candidacy, but it has done damage and he described her as a “non-criminal liar.”
“The conclusion of the day is that she is a non-criminal liar,” Krauthammer said. “The lying is obvious when you compare her statements with what Comey said. He came out with a puzzling conclusion. As you saw, he laid the case for gross negligence. He accused her of extreme carelessness. Then he laid out the fact that she should have known, she did know. Then he created a completely, irrelevant new standard which is ‘malicious intent’ but negligence does not require intent. That’s the whole point of having it in the statute. There’s intentional and the statute says or gross negligent. So I think his logic is completely wrong. He spent 14 minutes laying out a case for negligence and then he said you can’t prosecute. This is the end of this, I believe. But as a political matter, what hangs over, the residue is, yes, there is no implosion of her candidacy but I can see all the ads cut between now and Election Day juxtaposing what Comey said today with what she has said incorrectly in the least in the past.”
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