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"If any of us mishandled classified information that way, it would not be followed by a 'but, we're not going to file charges.'"
Joe Scarborough says he doesn't question the integrity of FBI Director James Comey following Tuesday's announcement that the bureau would not recommend charges against Hillary Clinton. But, the MSNBC cohost added, he does question Comey's courage.
Scarborough, a former Republican congressman, made the comment on "Morning Joe" Wednesday as he and the program's panelists questioned whether the Clintons are "above the law."
"The Clintons don't just think they're above the law. They function in government as though they are above the law," Nicolle Wallace, former communications director for President George W. Bush, said.
Scarborough then pointed to Bill Clinton's impeachment hearing, after which it was found that the former president had lied under oath.
"You lie under oath before a federal grand jury, and you're fine. Now, you get disbarred. They disbarred Bill Clinton. But you're fine. You skate," Scarborough said. But, he added, "If any of us lie in front of a federal grand jury, we would go to jail. We just would. If any of us mishandled classified information that way, it would not be followed by a 'but, we're not going to file charges.' We would go to jail."
Scarborough added near the end of the segment: "I don’t question James Comey’s integrity, I question his courage" because "the FBI last year under James Comey convicted a man who did far, far less," referring to Gen. David Petraeus, who was charged after giving classified information to his biographer and girlfriend, Paula Broadwell.
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