Chaffetz Summons Comey to Testify on Hill

House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz is set to grill FBI chief James Comey Thursday over his decision to let Hillary Clinton skate despite her reckless mishandling of classified emails.

Reports Roll Call:

FBI Director James B. Comey will appear before a House oversight committee Thursday to answer questions about the agency’s decision not to recommend prosecuting Democrat Hillary Clintonfor the mishandling of classified information on a private email server while she was secretary of state.


Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, announced that Comey will appear at 10 a.m. before the panel. The House Judiciary Committee will host Attorney General Loretta Lynch on July 12 in a hearing that will also touch on “the disturbing politicization of the Justice Department.”


Comey, who did not answer questions after a 15-minute press conference Tuesday morning, said Clinton and her staff were “extremely careless” in their handling of her emails. The FBI found 110 emails on 52 email chains that involved information that was classified at the time it was sent. Eight of those email chains had top secret information.


Still, Comey said the FBI concluded that there was “no clear evidence” that Clinton and her staff had intentionally mishandled information, an element experts say is needed for prosecution.


“The FBI’s recommendation is surprising and confusing,” Chaffetz said in a statement released Wednesday. “The fact pattern presented by Director Comey makes clear Secretary Clinton violated the law.”