FBI Director James Comey confirmed Thursday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave non-cleared people access to classified information.
The revelation came as Comey came under intense questioning from members of Congress during a House Oversight Committee hearing.
“Did Hillary Clinton give non-cleared people access to classified information?” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the committee’s chairman, asked.
“Yes,” Comey replied.
After a piercing moment of silence, the Republican congressman inquired, “What do you think her intent was?”
Comey said Clinton’s decision to give non-cleared people access to classified information was to “get good legal representation” and produce requested emails to the State Department.
“I guess I read ‘criminal intent’ as the idea that you allow someone without security clearance access to classified information,” Chaffetz responded. “Everybody knows that, director. Everybody knows that."
Clinton's press secretary Brian Fallon claimed after the hearing that "lawyers who sorted through Clinton's emails had Top Secret-level clearance." He did not immediately respond to a request for proof or clarification.
To be clear, the lawyers who sorted through Clinton's emails had Top Secret-level clearance.— Brian Fallon (@Brian Fallon)1467916407.0