FBI director says Clinton did not lie, break law in email handling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – FBI Director James Comey told lawmakers on Thursday that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton did not lie to the FBI about her handling of emails as secretary of state and did not break the law.

Comey told a Republican-led oversight panel in the U.S. House of Representatives that no reasonable prosecutor would charge Clinton with a crime over her use of private email servers while she was secretary of state, some of which were used to transmit classified information.

Comey, under persistent questioning at a hearing of the House of Representatives Oversight Committee, said if an FBI agent had acted as Clinton did, he would take their behavior into consideration before granting their pay, employment and access to secure information.

But Comey insisted that Clinton did not break the law.

“The question I always look at is, is there evidence that would establish beyond a reasonable doubt that somebody engaged in conduct that violated a criminal statute. And my judgment here is there is not,” Comey said.

(Reporting by Julia Edwards; Writing by David Alexander; Editing by Eric Walsh)