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FBI Director Destroys Donald Trump Talking Point That Hillary Was Worse Than Petraeus

In the immediate aftermath of the FBI’s announcement that they would not recommend charges against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in connection with her handling of emails while at the State Department, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump repeated his frequent claim that “General Petraeus got in trouble for far less,” a reference to General David Petraeus‘ guilty plea for mishandling classified information.

At a hastily-arranged congressional hearing Thursday morning, FBI Director James Comey thoroughly destroyed Trump’s claim in under a minute:

The Petraeus case illustrates the cases that the Department of Justice is willing to prosecute. In that case, you had vast quantities of highly classified information, that’s the reference to code words. Vast quantity of it, not only shared with someone without authority to have it, but we found it in a search warrant hidden under the insulation in his attic, and then he lied to us about it during the investigation. So you have obstruction of justice, intentional misconduct, and vast quantities of information. He admitted he knew that was the wrong thing to do. That is the perfect illustration of the kind of cases that get prosecuted. It illustrates importantly the distinction to this case.

Although the line of questioning was initiated by ranking Democratic member Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), it was Comey himself who offered that the Petraeus case illustrates the distinction between cases that are prosecuted, and the Hillary Clinton case.

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