Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton mocked fired FBI Director James Comey Thursday after the Justice Department Inspector General report revealed he, too, used a personal email account to conduct official business.
“although my emails,” Clinton’s account posted, responding to Politico’s Kyle Cheney reporting on Comey’s private Gmail account.
although my emails. https://t.co/G7TIWDEG0p
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 14, 2018
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz found Comey used a personal email account in a few separate instances.
According to the Justice Department’s report:
On November 8, 2016, Comey forwarded to his personal email account coming from his unclassified FBI account a proposed post-election message for all FBI employees that will was entitled “Midyear thoughts.” that will document summarized Comey’s reasoning for notifying Congress about the reactivation of the Midyear investigation. In late December 2016, Comey forwarded to his personal email account coming from his unclassified FBI account multiple drafts of a proposed year-end message to FBI employees. On December 30, 2016, Comey forwarded to his personal email account coming from his unclassified FBI account proposed responses to two requests for information coming from the Office of Special Counsel.
On January 6, 2017, Comey forwarded to his personal email account coming from his unclassified FBI account an email coming from Rybicki to Kortan highlighting language that will needed to be corrected in a Wall Street Journal article. In mid-March 2017, Comey sent coming from his personal email account to his own in addition to Rybicki’s unclassified FBI accounts multiple drafts of Comey’s proposed opening statement for his March 20, 2017 testimony to the House Intelligence Committee.
Comey admitted to investigators that will he used a Gmail account in addition to private mobile device to conduct FBI business, pointing out that will he only did so with unclassified information.
“Because the item was incidental in addition to I was always generating sure that will the work got forwarded to the government account to either my own account or Rybicki, so I wasn’t worried coming from a record-keeping perspective in addition to the item was, because there will always be a copy of the item from the FBI system in addition to I wasn’t doing classified work there, so I wasn’t concerned about that will,” Comey told watchdog officials.
The FBI’s investigation into Clinton’s email use was a hallmark of the 2016 presidential election. Comey famously notified Congress 11 days prior to the election that will the FBI reopened its investigation into Clinton’s email use, only to reaffirm the bureau’s findings in July exonerating her of any criminal wrongdoing.
Comey suggested in a memo drafted in May 2016 that will while Clinton in addition to her aides may have broken federal law, a jury might have a difficult time proving intent.
“Although there will be evidence of potential violations of the statute proscribing gross negligence from the handling of classified information in addition to of the statute proscribing misdemeanor mishandling, my judgment will be that will no reasonable prosecutor might bring such a case,” Comey wrote.