During a Senate Homeland Security Committee Hearing Sen. Ben Sasse (R-IN) asked FBI Director James Comey about why former State Department Chief of Staff, Cheryl Mills, received immunity in the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email practices.
“The Department of Justice wrote a letter to Cheryl Mills’ lawyer that gave her what’s called active production immunity for the production of her laptop. So it’s not personal immunity for her,” Comey explained to Sasse.
Comey did inform Sasse that Mills was acting as a member of Clinton’s legal team when she appeared before the FBI.
“There are ethical canons that govern lawyers, but we don’t police that. If it was a judicial proceeding, the judge might police who could be there representing an individual, but that’s not something we could do anything about in a voluntary interview,” Comey said about the legality of Mills acting as a member of Clinton’s legal team.
Sasse proceeded to ask Comey if Clinton is accurate when she claims her statements to the public about her emails were truthful.
“As an investigator, I kind of look at the world in an odd way. I never say I believe anybody or anything is truthful, I always ask, ‘Do I have evidence to establish it is untruthful?’ or that ‘I don’t believe somebody?’ And so as I said when I testified about this for five hours in July, we did not develop evidence that led us to believe that any statements to us were untruthful,” Comey told Sasse about Clinton’s claims.
Sasse then asked Comey if he thought Mills had violated any laws.
“We have no evidence to establish she committed a crime,” Comey informed Sasse.
Sasse followed up that questions by asking Comey if he thought, “Secretary Clinton broke any laws related to classified data?”
Comey “We have no evidence sufficient to justify a conclusion that she violated any of the statutes with respect to classified information,” Comey told Sasse.
Sasse pressed Comey on his answer wanting to know, “Is there any distinction between that statement and saying no prosecutor would bring charges, which is what I think you said in your public statements.”
“Well, I think it’s another way of looking at it. I think given the evidence, in this case, I still think that no reasonable prosecutor would bring this case,” Comey responded.
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