House Committee Questions FBI Director James Comey Over Hillary Clinton Email Investigation

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"I want you to make sure you're not wasting your question", he said at a news conference Saturday, interrupting a New York Times correspondent.

"I know no reasonable prosecutor would take this case", Comey said.

"You could be walked out or, depending on the nature of the facts, you could be reprimanded", he said.

"There is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information", Comey said, but he astonishingly opined that no "reasonable prosecutor" would bring charges. But Mr. Comey insisted that it would be almost impossible to prosecute Mrs. Clinton for giving her lawyers access to the emails for the goal of evaluating them.

Hillary Clinton today again stood by her belief that she did not send or receive classified information while she was secretary of state, despite an FBI investigation that concluded otherwise.

However, he went on, the evidence also suggested that the former Secretary of State was not "particularly sophisticated with respect to classified information and the levels and treatment", nor was she "as technically sophisticated as others might assume", given her status.

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Republicans also focused questioning on Clinton's past statements, in which she denied sending confidential information over the server and claimed that she had turned in all work-related emails to the State Department. He then suggested that Congress would ask the FBI to investigate whether Clinton lied under oath. "There was classified material emailed".

Republican members of the House Intell‎igence Committee are exploring legislative options to block Clinton's ability to have classified briefings, but some GOP aides concede the decision is mostly up to the intelligence community.

Secretary Clinton said she never sent or received any classified information over her private email.

"I am not", Comey said.

In the face of the criticism, the FBI chief said that his agency's investigation was apolitical and professional with a team reviewing some 30,000 e-mails sent and received via private servers that Clinton had used both inside and outside the United States.

The important question going forward as far as the nation at large is concerned is what impact this will have on the presidential race.

Republican lawmakers and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump have expressed outrage that the case was not being pursued.

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