FBI Director James Comey announced on Tuesday that, despite citing a number of security breaches discovered during the investigation, the FBI would not be recommending the Department of Justice pursue an indictment against Hillary Clinton.
As Comey put it yesterday, Clinton was “extremely careless,” but a “reasonable prosecutor” wouldn’t charge her.
“To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now.”
But if Clinton thought that she could breathe easily following that announcement, Congress quickly put that notion to rest, as Independent Journal Review reported Tuesday that the House Committee on Intelligence plans to at least discuss the possibility of further hearings.
Other Republicans, including Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) and Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) are also calling for further action, according to the Washington Post. As Turner put it:
“It is time for Secretary Clinton to be held accountable for her extremely careless actions.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan took the next step in an interview on “The Kelly File” on Tuesday evening, saying that further scrutiny is necessary. The fact that people have been convicted for far less, he noted, may lead people to believe that Hillary Clinton is “above the law”:
“This is one of the reasons that people are so dissatisfied, so upset about government. They think that people live by a different set of rules.
The FBI should release all their findings. She’s competing for Commander in Chief here. There’s a whole accounting that needs to happen. We’re going to have hearings.
We’re going to bring in James Comey to ask questions…There are a lot of unanswered questions here.”
Speaker Ryan stopped short of suggesting that Comey had caved to political pressure, but he again noted – several times – his confusion over the fact that after outlining the security protocols Clinton had violated, the FBI Director still failed to recommend indictment.