'Why Did Comey Do This?': Spicer Reacts to Ex-FBI Boss Softening Clinton Statement
Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the revelation that former FBI Director James Comey changed the language in his statement about ending the Hillary Clinton email investigation is concerning.
Newly reported memos show Comey originally accused the former secretary of state of being “grossly negligent” in handling classified information in a draft dated May 2, 2016. But that was modified to claim that Clinton had been “extremely careless” in a draft dated June 10, 2016.
Federal law states that gross negligence in handling the nation’s intelligence can be punished criminally with prison time or fines, according to The Hill.
"You have to ask: Why did Comey do this?" Spicer said on "Fox & Friends."I think when you look at Comey’s actions that he has talked about since leaving office, there is a question about whether or not he was trying to tip the scale and achieve certain actions, both during the election season and since," Spicer said on "Fox & Friends."
He said the language modification in Comey’s statement "really presents some concern," and it should be looked into.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) is seeking more details about the statement, such as who actually went into the draft and made the red-line edits.
Spicer said there are still many unanswered questions about what went on behind the scenes during the 2016 presidential campaign.
"I think a lot of the investigations that are going on might be well-spent focusing on those things to understand what was really happening, what the intent was of some of these individuals that were supposedly looking out for the public interest," Spicer said.
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