Clinton blames State colleagues for classified secrets in emails

Hillary Clinton's three-and-a-half hour meeting with the Federal Bureau of Investigation last weekend was not recorded and the former Secretary of State did not swear an oath to tell the truth, Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey told House members Thursday.

She then asks Comey to explain how he concluded Clinton did not run afoul of that law.

According to the report, Comey is scheduled to testify before the House Oversight Committee Thursday regarding what Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) called the "surprising and confusing" recommendation not to indict Clinton.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Mr Comey's recommendation proves Mrs Clinton is "living above the law" and questioned whether she should be briefed on classified information as a presidential candidate.

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. But Mr. Comey insisted that it would be nearly impossible to prosecute Mrs. Clinton for giving her lawyers access to the emails for the goal of evaluating them.

Cooper said during the hearing that Clinton should not get special treatment, but she also shouldn't get especially harsh treatment. "I'm really confident some of them were classified". I think she was extremely careless.

While being questioned by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) over the potentially chilling effects of the hearing, Director Comey said, "My honest answer is, I don't think so".

Chaffetz said that if a regular person had done what Clinton was suspected of doing, they would have been arrested.

James Comey responded in kind to note the key differences between Petraeus and Clinton's cases, namely, the General's admittance that he willingly knew sharing information such as war strategies and intelligence capabilities with Broadwell. John Cornyn, both Republicans, announced they had introduced a bill to revoke security clearances from Clinton and her key aides when she was secretary of state.

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

Hillary Clinton, 68, was the first lady of the United States from 1993 to 2001; a US senator from NY from 2001 to 2009; Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013; and is the presumptive presidential nominee for the Democratic Party in 2016.

Vanessa Coleman

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