- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, who chairs the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said Wednesday that FBI Director James B. Comey has been invited to testify to the committee Thursday about Hillary Clinton’s email case.

Mr. Chaffetz said he spoke to and texted with Mr. Comey on Tuesday. Mr. Comey said that while Mrs. Clinton was reckless in her private email practices as secretary of state, he would not recommend she face charges for mishandling classified information.

“We have invited him to participate. He indicated the best time would be Thursday, so we anticipate Thursday at 10 a.m., we should have the FBI director before the oversight committee,” Mr. Chaffetz, Utah Republican, said on Fox News.

Mr. Chaffetz said Mr. Comey poked holes in Mrs. Clinton’s prior statements about the setup.

“I would really like to know the difference between carelessness and negligence,” Mr. Chaffetz said. “The director frequently referred to intent, but that’s not in the statute.

“If you are grossly negligent in the handling of classified information — which clearly, based on the fact pattern the director laid out, she was — why is that different and why did he use that word careless, extremely careless, and what’s the difference?” he said.

In a separate appearance on MSNBC Wednesday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte pointed out that Attorney General Loretta Lynch was previously scheduled to testify before his own committee next week.

Ms. Lynch has attracted significant criticism for meeting privately with former President Bill Clinton last week amid the ongoing investigation. Ms. Lynch said Friday she wouldn’t do it again and that she fully expects to accept the recommendations of career prosecutors in the case.

“So we’re going to have a couple different opportunities to ask people, under oath, what happened and didn’t happen,” Mr. Chaffetz said.

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