'Look Me in the Eye': Comey Forcefully Denies 'Coordinating' Announcement
FBI Director James Comey is testifying this morning before the House Oversight Committee on the decision not to charge Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state.
He appeared to take exception to a line of questioning by Rep. John Mica (R-FL), who pointed out a "fishy" timeline of events leading up to Comey's announcement Tuesday.
Mica highlighted that Bill Clinton met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch about a week ago. Days later, Lynch declared that she would defer to the FBI on whether to charge Mrs. Clinton.
The following day, Saturday, the FBI interviewed Hillary Clinton for more than three hours. Three days later, Comey recommended no criminal charges, the same day President Obama and Clinton campaigned together.
Lynch declared the email investigation to be officially over yesterday.
"I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but there are a lot of questions on how this came down," said Mica.
Once Mica finished, Comey interjected, adamantly stating that he had no contact with anyone on his decision not to recommend charges.
"Look me in the eye and listen to what I'm about to say. I did not coordinate that with anyone. The White House, the Department of Justice, nobody outside the FBI family had any idea what I was about to say. I say that under oath. I stand by that," said Comey, noting that Mica was "insinuating" with his questions.
Watch the exchange above.
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