Sep 08 2016
Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement in reaction to the email from Secretary Powell to Secretary Clinton, as well as the FBI’s release of its interview summary with Secretary Clinton:
“The email from Secretary Powell to Secretary Clinton released by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee further indicates that Secretary Clinton believed her email system was no different than that of her predecessors and did not deviate from standard practice.
“The FBI last week also released the summary of its interview with Secretary Clinton. The interview summary further supports the FBI’s conclusion that Secretary Clinton did not intend to send or receive classified information and that no reasonable prosecutor would find Secretary Clinton violated the law.
“Being Secretary of State requires an extensive daily schedule, countless calls and meetings and travel around the globe. To cherry pick instances of Secretary Clinton not recalling certain details is grossly unfair.
“In my view, Secretary Clinton worked to handle classified information appropriately, under the guidance of career professionals, and these documents, the FBI letters to Senator Grassley and Congressman Chaffetz and Director Comey’s recent Congressional testimony confirm that there was no basis to find wrongdoing.
“With respect to three emails with a ‘c’ in the body of the email, Director Comey testified that it would be a ‘reasonable inference’ for Secretary Clinton to conclude that those three documents were not classified because they were improperly marked. And, in fact, the State Department has clarified that two of those emails were improperly marked due to ‘human error.’
“Director Comey—a former prosecutor, U.S. attorney and deputy attorney general under President Bush—has repeatedly said that no reasonable prosecutor would bring charges in this case. In fact, just yesterday, Comey said the case was not a cliff-hanger—in other words, it wasn’t a close case. After more than 18 months of discussion and investigation, it’s time to put this matter to rest.”