Chaffetz: 'Did Hillary Clinton Do Anything Wrong?' Comey: 'What Do You Mean by Wrong?'

Susan Jones | July 7, 2016 | 11:08am EDT
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FBI Director James Comey swears to tell the truth as he appears before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. (AP File Photo)

( - Did former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton break the law? Did she lie to the FBI? Did she lie under oath? Did she do anything wrong?

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, put those questions to FBI Director James Comey at Thursday's hearing.

Comey said he has "no basis" to conclude that Clinton lied to the FBI. He said he was "not qualified" to say if Clinton lied to the public. He said in his judgment, Hillary Clinton did not break the law in connection with her use of a personal email server.

And when Chaffetz finally asked, "Did Hillary Clinton do anything wrong?" Comey responded, "And what do you mean by wrong?"

"It's self-evident," Chaffetz said.

"Well, I'm a lawyer and I'm an investigator and I'm, I hope, a normal human being," Comey responded.

He noted that "there are often very severe consequences" at the FBI for employees who violate security rules, but he wouldn't say if Clinton, having done what she did, would be able to pass an FBI background check.

On the question of whether Hillary Clinton lied under oath, Comey said, "Not in a case we're working."

Chaffetz asked, "Did you review the documents where Congressman Jim Jordan asked her specifically, and she said, quote, 'There was nothing marked classified on my emails, either sent of received,' end quote."

"I don't remember reviewing that particular testimony," Comey said.

"Did the FBI invesigate her statements under oath on this topic?" Chaffetz asked.

"Not to my knowledge. I don't think there's been a referral from Congress," Comey responded.

"Do you need a referral from Congress to investigate her statements under oath?," Chaffetz asked.

"Sure do," Comey saiad.

"You'll have one. You'll have one in the next few hours!" Chaffetz said.

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