Hillary Clinton ‘willing to do anything’ to get FBI director to release information to public about her email scandal
On Tuesday night, FBI Director James Comey announced that the bureau would not be recommending criminal charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state.
“It’s clear from the evidence that we’ve seen thus far that the former secretary of State did not break the law, and her behavior was careless and reckless,” Comey said.
“And so I think it’s clear that we need to see the information we’ve gathered from the investigation in order to make a determination as to whether or not to bring charges.”
The FBI investigation is examining whether Clinton or her staff mishandled classified information and mishandled national security information when she was secretary of states.
Clinton’s attorney, Robert Bauer, told reporters that Comey had told him that the director did not recommend charges, according to Politico.
“He said he was not going to recommend that she be prosecuted,” Bauer told reporters.
“The director said that he wasn’t going to tell the public what he told the FBI and that he was willing to do everything he could to get the information out there.”
The revelation that the FBI was withholding information from the public comes as Democrats have sought to link Clinton’s email scandal to the Republican nominee’s ties to the Kremlin.
Comey has come under intense scrutiny for his decision to not recommend criminal charges for Clinton.
Last week, Trump called for Comey to be fired, saying, “If there was ever any doubt that he [Comey] was covering up Hillary Clinton’s crimes, he is the one.”
Trump also said that the Clintons should be prosecuted, and that Clinton should be charged.
On Tuesday, Trump’s son-in-law and top campaign surrogate, Jared Kushner, told CNN’s Jake Tapper that the Russia probe should be reopened, arguing that Comey is being politically motivated.
“I think he’s trying to do whatever he can to keep his job,” Kushner said.
The FBI director’s decision has also drawn criticism from the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the committee’s ranking member, has said that she will be calling Comey to testify on Capitol Hill to determine whether or no he should be fired.
Feinstein, a member of the intelligence committee, is the chairwoman of the Judiciary Committee.
“If he decides to keep on doing his job, he should go to the Senate and tell the president that,” Feinstein told Tapper.
“There is no doubt that the president needs to have confidence that the people of the United States have confidence in him to do his job.”
In a statement, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., called on Comey to “step aside” and “immediately recuse himself from the ongoing investigation.”
Graham also called on the FBI to disclose the number of FBI agents involved in the investigation and whether any agents had information that could be used against Clinton.
“That should be revealed, and I believe it should be released immediately,” Graham said.
Comey is the fourth director of the FBI since Donald Trump took office, and he’s the first to face a major political backlash for his handling of the Clinton investigation.
In August, Trump fired Comey in the middle of the election, sparking a firestorm of criticism from Democrats.
“After Comey was fired by the president, he was in the midst of his second day on the job when he had a meeting with the president of the Philippines and he said he had information on Hillary Clinton that could potentially be damaging to the president’s chances,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on Tuesday night.
“Now the president has been proven right.”