Comey is about to get grilled by the House Oversight Committee. It ought to be interesting the new information we discover. Hopefully the committee gets some real answers.
The head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is calling the director of the FBI to testify before the panel this week amid Republican outrage over the decision not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton.
Director James Comey will testify on Thursday morning, Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Individuals who intentionally skirt the law must be held accountable. Congress and the American people have a right to understand the depth and breadth of the FBI’s investigation,” Chaffetz said in a statement. “I thank Directory Comey for accepting the invitation to publicly answer these important questions.”
The hearing is unusual in the speed with which it was scheduled, just one day after Comey announced that, despite evidence of being “extremely careless,” Clinton should not face criminal charges for mishandling classified information.
It’s unclear how willing Comey will be to detail the terms of his bureau’s investigation into her private email server, following an already exceptional amount of public description on Tuesday.
The FBI is usually loathe to publicly release information about ongoing investigations, especially if no charges are brought. But Comey told reporters at the FBI’s headquarters on Tuesday that he felt compelled to explain the rationale behind the bureau’s decision not to recommend an indictment due to the guaranteed allegations that politics played a role in his thinking.
The decision from Comey, himself a Republican, outraged many GOP lawmakers who claimed that the FBI had reinterpreted the meaning of the law to allow Clinton to get away with putting national security in jeopardy. To add insult to apparent injury, President Obama appeared on the presidential campaign trail with Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, for the first time on Tuesday, mere hours after Comey’s announcement in downtown Washington.
“The FBI’s recommendation is surprising and confusing,” Chaffetz said on Wednesday. “The fact pattern presented by Director Comey makes clear Secretary Clinton violated the law.”