Fired FBI Director James Comey has no plans to apologize to twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton for famously chiding her in 2016 for her “grossly negligent” “extremely careless” handling of classified information via an unapproved, unsecured private email server just because he also at times used his personal email while conducting sensitive government business.
The damning report by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz revealed that along with badly botching the handling of the Clinton investigation, including egregious acts of “insubordination,” Comey also sometimes used his personal email to conduct FBI business. In response, Clinton tweeted out perhaps the best tweet she’s ever issued, in part because it was short:
During an interview Tuesday at an event in Berlin, Germany, promoting his memoir A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership, Comey was pressed by moderator Holger Stark on the “irritating” detail about his emails from the IG report and Clinton’s indignant response. Was it time to “apologize” to Clinton, asked the moderator.
“No, and here’s why,” Comey replied sharply. “Again I don’t want to criticize her, but it shows me that even at this late date she doesn’t understand what the investigation in her case was about. It was not about her use of personal email system, and she didn’t get that during the investigation.”
He continued: “She used to say, ‘Well, Colin Powell when he was Secretary used AOL.’ That was not what it was about. It was about communicating about classified topics on that system, when those topics have to be done on a classified email.”
Comey then explained how he used his personal email differently and concluded by saying he gets why people have tried to connect the two, but underscored that they are totally different things. Watch:
H/T Free Beacon