The Republicans' grilling of FBI Director James Comey over his decision to not charge Hillary Clinton with a crime is an act of desperation, former Democratic Congressman Barney Frank said Thursday.
Asked if she agreed that she was "extremely careless", Clinton declined to respond directly, repeatedly saying Comey had "clarified" his remarks in interviews with MSNBC and CNN.
Though Comey kept a relatively clam demeanor throughout the 4.5 hours of scrutiny, he revealed at one point that the Clinton Foundation might now be under investigation as well.
If she were at the Federal Bureau of Investigation instead of running for president, Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonPeter King: Mistake for GOP to attack Federal Bureau of Investigation director's integrity Clinton ahead nationally amid widespread dissatisfaction: poll Trump slips on Constitution particulars at House GOP meeting MORE might have lost her job for using a private email server to communicate about classified matters.
"To the FBI? We have no basis to conclude that she lied to the FBI", Comey answered. Secretary Clinton said there was not marked classified on her e-mails either sent or received, was that true? "I just believe that the material... was being communicated by professionals, many with years of handling sensitive classified material, (who) did not believe that it was".
The issue began a year ago, when it came out that Clinton had used a private email address and server to send and store official emails while she was secretary of State.
"I fully cooperated with that", said Clinton.
Here was the GOP ploy: request yet another FBI investigation of Clinton, with this one focused on whether she testified accurately to Congress about the emails.
In a later exchange with Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) Comey said Clinton wasn't sophisticated enough to understand what information was classified and what wasn't.
"I don't have 100 percent confidence", Comey replied.
US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on Wednesday that the US Justice Department would follow Comey's recommendations and decline to pursue charges against Clinton.
The State Department has said two of the three that he had pointed to were human error.
Though Gowdy, a former prosecutor, was probably the best at it, it wasn't particularly hard for any of the members of the panel to make Clinton look duplicitous and reckless because, well, the facts are pretty damning.