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Congressman Trey Gowdy

Representing the 4th District of South Carolina

Gowdy Statement on Comey's Nov. 6 Letter to Congress

November 7, 2016
Press Release

Spartanburg, SC - Rep. Trey Gowdy released the following statement after FBI Director Comey sent a follow up letter to Congress regarding its investigation into Secretary Clinton's private email server - 

"Today Director Comey claimed, 'we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton.' Director Comey used the word 'conclusions' - plural - and one must consider the use of that word as intentional. 

It would appear the investigation is back to the status quo ante, which means Director Comey believes Secretary Clinton was indeed extremely careless in her handling of classified material, yet there is insufficient evidence beyond a reasonable doubt to prove Secretary Clinton had specific intent to violate a statute which specifically provides for the lower scienter standard of gross negligence.  

I disagreed with Director Comey in July and I disagree with him today. There is sufficient evidence, both direct and circumstantial, upon which a jury could conclude an intent to violate the law. This evidence includes concealment of evidence, destruction of evidence, and false exculpatory statements - all of which fall under the general heading of consciousness of guilt."