After FBI Director James Comey's decision to not recommend charges against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton after a year-long investigation showed she exposed over a hundred emails containing classified and top secret information to hackers and foreign powers, conservatives and other common-sense individuals are crying foul, wondering why Hillary is being treated as "above the law," especially after she gave false statements to investigators.
This morning, after a backlash of criticism, Comey defended his decision during a press conference, according to the Wall Street Journal.
His key statement?
“We don’t want to put people in jail unless we can prove they knew they were doing something they shouldn’t do,” Comey said.
He went on to say that only once in the past 100 years has someone been charged by the Department of Justice for accidentally exposing classified information.
“I see evidence of great carelessness," he said," but I do not see evidence [that Hillary and her aides] knew when they did it they were doing something against the law.”
Comey also said Hillary did not lie to investigators about not sending classified information. She was simply ignorant of the fact.
House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Jason Chaffetz (Utah-R) contended, “The average Joe, if they had done what you laid out in your statement, they’d be in handcuffs and might be on their way to jail, and probably should. There is a legitimate concern that there is a double standard.”
What do you think of Comey's defense?