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GOP to examine FBI decision on Clinton emails

Published:Thursday | July 7, 2016 | 7:00 AM
House Speaker Paul Ryan
FBI Director James Comey
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WASHINGTON (AP):

Irate that Hillary Clinton will not face criminal charges over her emails, House Republicans are summoning FBI Director James Comey to Capitol Hill to answer their questions.

Comey will testify today before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the panel's chairman, Jason Chaffetz of Utah, announced on Wednesday. The announcement came a day after Comey rebuked Clinton for "extremely careless" behaviour in her handling of classified emails as secretary of state, but declared that "no charges are appropriate" in the case.

"There are a lot of questions that have to be answered. And so we're going to be asking those questions," House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters, adding that it looked like Clinton had got preferential treatment. "We have seen nothing but stonewalling and dishonesty from Secretary Clinton on this issue, and that means there are a lot more questions that need to be answered."

Ryan said Clinton should be barred from receiving classified briefings in the course of the campaign. He said he would be looking into whether Congress could take action to enact such a prohibition. And asked whether a special prosecutor should be appointed in the case, Ryan said he wouldn't "foreclose any option".

"The FBI's recommendation is surprising and confusing," Chaffetz said. "The fact pattern presented by Director Comey makes clear Secretary Clinton violated the law. Individuals who intentionally skirt the law must be held accountable."