FBI Director Refuses To Answer Simple Question About Hillary Clinton
by Randy DeSoto
During testimony before Congress on Thursday, FBI Director James Comey declined to answer whether someone who acted in a similar manner to Hillary Clinton with regard to the handling of classified information would be granted a security clearance.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, asked the director, “Given the fact pattern you laid out less than 48 hours ago, would a person who had dealt with classified information like that, would that person be granted a security clearance at the FBI?”
“It would be a very important consideration in a suitability determination,” Comey replied.
“You’re kind of making my point, director,” Chaffetz followed up. “The point being because I injected the word Hillary Clinton, you gave me a different answer. But if I came up to you and said this person was extremely careless with classified information, exposure to hostile actors and used, despite a warning, created unnecessary burdens in exposure, if they said that they had one device and you found out that they had multiple devices, if there had been e-mail chains with somebody like [former Clinton aide] Jake Sullivan asking for classification changes, you’re telling me that the FBI would grant a security clearance to that person?”
Comey answered, “I’m not — I hope I’m giving a consistent — I’m not saying what the answer would be, I’m saying that would be an important consideration in a suitability determination for anybody.”
The director went on to add that if Clinton were an employee of the FBI and acted similarly, “there would be a security and a range of discipline could be imposed from termination to reprimand and in between, suspensions, loss of clearance.”
In announcing that FBI’s decision not to recommend charges be brought against Clinton, Comey stated on Tuesday, “To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now.”