Updated at 2:18 p.m. ET
NEWS BRIEF The investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state formally closed on Wednesday, but House Republicans aren’t prepared to let it go.
On Thursday, FBI Director James Comey testified before the House Oversight Committee, only two days after announcing that his agency would not recommend charges to the Justice Department. “I'm here because we're mystified and confused by the fact pattern you laid out and the conclusions that you reached,” Chairman Jason Chaffetz said at the start of the hearing. “It seems there are two standards, and there's no consequence for these types of activities and dealing in a careless way with classified information.”
Comey said in his statement Tuesday that Clinton’s use of a private email server was “extremely careless.” Of the 30,000 emails turned over by the State Department in 2014, 110 emails in 52 email chains contained information that was classified at the time they were sent or received. The decision confounded Republican lawmakers. “We believe you have set a precedent,” Chaffetz told Comey in his opening remarks. “It's a dangerous one.”
Ranking Member Elijah Cummings, a Democrat, appeared disturbed by his colleague’s criticism of the FBI’s decision, painting the hearing as a political attack. “No matter what recommendation you made, you were sure to be criticized,” he said. “There's no question that you were extremely thorough.”