Clinton seeks to move past email controversy, blames officials

A presidential campaign that already had surpassed for sheer spectacle any in the past few decades became even more peculiar this week.

"My conclusion was, and remains, no reasonable prosecutor would bring this case, no reasonable prosecutor would bring the second case in 100 years focused on 'gross negligence.' And so I know that's been a source of some confusion for folks: That's just the way it is, I know the Department of Justice, I know no reasonable prosecutor would bring this case", Comey said.

Nor is this the first time Clinton's truthfulness has been called into question.

The lead-up to that recommendation is enough fodder to fuel Trump and Super PAC TV ads against Clinton for the rest of the cycle.

"Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues meant to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information", Comey said today.

Comey noted that 113 emails were classified, and eight were top secret.

"Only a very small number of the emails containing classified information bore markings indicating the presence of classified information", Comey continued.

"It is hugely convenient", he said, but it adds "enormous pressure on the department to sort through it, classify it properly".

Then there were the hackers.

Director Comey went on to say that he thought that the hearing was good for transparency and democracy, but throughout his testimony, Comey has largely backed up what Hillary Clinton has been saying about her use of private email.

As he had on Tuesday, Comey left no doubt about the FBI's contention that Clinton's email practices were careless and left government secrets exposed to hostile nations. As secretary of state for four years, Clinton used an insecure private e-mail server.

After maintaining for more than a year that she did not send or receive classified information through her unauthorised private email system, she acknowledged in a string of interviews on Friday she may have at least unwittingly done so, three days after the Federal Bureau of Investigation concluded this happened at least 110 times.

Despite the no-prosecution decision, Comey had rebuked Clinton and her aides on Tuesday as being "extremely careless" in their handling of classified information and contradicted numerous explanations she's put forward.

On this point, the former secretary of state disagrees.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told Comey that the FBI's decision showed a "double standard" for powerful people.

In a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Sen. Mr. Comey's decision not to recommend to the Justice Department that Hillary be indicted gives more credence to that belief. Once again, in their Ahab-like pursuit of Hillary Clinton, they have managed to make themselves look desperately partisan and woefully incompetent.

Lying under oath seems to run in the Clinton family.

The FBI has been scathing in its criticism of Clinton, even though it decided not to pursue criminal charges.

The panel, made up of seven Republicans and five Democrats, is expected to vote along party lines on the 800-page report issued June 28. So this is actually a better scenario for Republicans than an indictment. "We know that we have had hackers in the White House".

There is no doubt the "establishment" took another big hit. So did the trust factor that has prompted 69 percent of voters in a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal to say they don't trust Clinton.

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