'But My Emails': Clinton Mocks Comey For Use Of Private Email For FBI Business

Former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had only three words to say in response to the Justice Department inspector general's report on the FBI's handling of her email investigation, "But my emails."

Clinton's tweet was at once a dig at her Republican critics' fixation on the email affair and a jab at former FBI Director James Comey, who used a private Gmail account to conduct official FBI business.

According to the inspector general's report, Comey used a personal email account "on numerous occasions" to conduct official business. Inspector General Michael Horowitz and his team dinged Comey saying the frequency of his behavior was "inconsistent with the DOJ Policy Statement" regarding the use of personal email for official business.

Clinton seized on this detail buried 400 pages into the report to troll the former FBI director who she still blames for her 2016 election loss. As recently as April, Clinton described Comey's decision to send a letter to Congress announcing the reopening of the investigation days before the election. as "the single event that changed people's votes."

If there was a lesson from the three-year saga that originated with three email servers in Chappaqua, New York, James Comey apparently missed it, said Republican strategist Ford O'Connell.

"It is ironic," he noted. "The obvious lesson is, if you're a government official you should know what you should be communicating on and you should also know what is classified and what isn't."

Comey told the inspector general that he did not use his personal email or laptop for classified information. According to Comey's former chief of staff, James Rybicki, Comey began using the personal email account at about the time he became FBI director in 2013.

Clinton's jab at Comey was an attempt at a clever response to the IG report, O'Connell noted, "but it is proof that she still hasn't understood what the whole brouhaha was about, nor does she seem to care.

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