When FBI Director James Comey testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in June 2016, he revealed that the agency had received information from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email account, prompting her to seek help from FBI Director Robert Mueller.
Comey’s testimony was part of an ongoing FBI investigation into the Clinton email scandal.
“The FBI and Justice Department have learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation,” Comey wrote in the testimony.
“We are reviewing them, as we have in the past, to determine whether they contain classified information.
As we have previously stated, no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”
Comey went on to explain that, in light of the fact that Clinton was not the intended target of the investigation, he could not say with certainty what she would have done with the emails.
In the wake of Comey’s July announcement, Democratic lawmakers have pushed for an investigation into why Clinton was allowed to remain on the email server, as well as why she was allowed a private server in the first place.
“I don’t want to get into that, but if the FBI did not get the email that was supposed to be classified, what else is there to say?”
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., asked Comey during the hearing.
“Well, I think it’s worth saying, and I think that is a critical issue for the FBI, and you are the best person to tell us,” Comey responded.
“So, let me just say this.
If you had any doubt about it, you don’t need to be reading this.”
“We’ve had a good week.
I’m proud of the FBI,” Trump tweeted during his press conference announcing Comey’s resignation.
“You have made a lot of progress.