Comey defends decision against storm of GOP outrage

FBI Director James Comey (Credit: CNN/MGN)

WASHINGTON (NBC News) – Why no charges against Hillary Clinton? Two days after he recommended the case against the candidate be dropped, despite what he called her extreme carelessness with classified state department emails, FBI Director James Comey defended that decision against a storm of GOP outrage on Capitol Hill.

Comey, a registered republican for most of his adult life, said he gets it that many Americans, especially republicans, are upset that he would not criminally charge Hillary Clinton.

“I just want the American people to know we really did this the right way; you can disagree with us but you cannot fairly say we did it in any kind of political way,” Comey said.

“Secretary Clinton said ‘I did not email any classified any classified material to anyone on my email, there is not classified material.’ Was that true?” asked Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee.

“There was classified material emailed,” Comey responded.

Will Hurd, a former CIA agent showed his outraged.

"One of the President's advisors, head of our foreign policy and national security had a server in her basement, that had information that was collected, and sensitive assets, not protected by anyone! And that's not a crime? That's outrageous, people are concerned. What does it take for someone to misuse classified information and get in trouble for it? “Hurd said.

“It takes mishandling it and criminal intent,” Comey responded.

He says charges are not warranted because the former Secretary of State did not intend to break the law and did not lie to the FBI.

"Know no reasonable prosecutor would bring this case. I know a lot of my former friends are out there saying they would. I wonder where they were for the last 40 years. I’d like to see the cases they brought on cross negligence, nobody would. Nobody did"

But republicans are not done: they're requesting the FBI now investigate Clinton allegedly lying in her Benghazi hearing about classified emails.