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Russian Hackers Might Have Gotten Into Democratic Smartphones Too

Gingrich said Comey's stance shows what a Clinton presidency would look like. Our business is always to decide what evidence do we have that would convince us not to believe that person.

"I disagree with that characterization", Comey replied.

Cheryl Mills, Hillary Clinton's former chief of staff, was a "subject" of the probe at the time she received an immunity deal in exchange for turning over her laptop, Comey said during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.

Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey debunked Hillary Clinton's claim that Comey called her "truthful" about her private email scandal.

But Comey downplayed these agreements and said they weren't excessive compared to other investigations.

"You can not call us weasels", Comey said under hours of questioning at a House Judiciary Committee hearing. Director Comey rejected any notion the case would be reopened.

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His investigation drew criticism from Republicans for not recommending charges against the Democratic presidential nominee. "This was done by pros in the right way".

Republicans used the hearing to press Comey on why Clinton was allowed to bring Mills to her own interview with the FBI, given that Mills herself was involved in the investigation. Several have demanded the Justice Department investigate whether Clinton lied during testimony past year on the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

Republican legislators also asked about posts on Reddit by Paul Combetta, a Platte River Networks employee who worked on Clinton's server, soliciting advice in 2014 about removing a VIP's email address from archived messages.

"The prospect of a hostile government actively seeking to undermine our free and fair elections represents one of the gravest threats to our democracy since the Cold War", Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, wrote in a recent letter to Comey. The immunity deal was limited to information contained on her laptop, Comey said.

FBI Director James Comey told Conyers he could not confirm or deny whether the FBI is investigating news reports suggesting that a Trump adviser may have communicated with Russian officials. He bristled at any suggestion that Clinton faced a double standard or that agents were influenced by politics.

Comey did not say whether those hacking attempts were on behalf of any foreign government, but his comments come amid increasing concern over suspected Russian attempts to break into USA political institutions and influence the upcoming presidential election.

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