Congressman Jeff Fortenberry says questions remain even after the federal government decided not to file charges against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for careless handling of classified documents.
Fortenberry, a Republican, says the House Oversight Committee needs to get answers from FBI Director James Comey about his decision not to press for indictment.
“This is an issue of fundamental fairness and if I had been involved in the release of top-secret or classified information, you might be looking at a different story, you may have the full weight of the federal government coming down on me or any other American citizen,” Fortenberry tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “So, I think there’s a fundamental issue of fairness here and it might lead to people viewing the institution of government even through the lens of deeper cynicism, because the law is being applied unfairly.”
Fortenberry, a Republican, says it will be difficult to keep politics out of the hearing.
“Frankly, that committee’s culture is very combative, honestly. It is very politicized. Each side is very dug in. How do you rise above that, I’m not sure it’s possible in that regard, but I do think the key question is one of fairness,” according to Fortenberry.
Fortenberry asks whether the standard of judgment used in the Clinton case would be applied to any other American under similar circumstances.
The FBI decided not to file charges against Clinton who used a private email server to handle classified documents. The Department of Justice has closed the case.