FBI Director Comey: I Need The American People To Know The System Is Not Rigged


During a House Oversight Committee hearing about the results of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server, Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) gives FBI Director Comey a chance to explain why the judicial system is not "rigged," as presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have claimed.

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JAMES COMEY, FBI DIRECTOR: I was raised by great parents who taught me you can't care what other people think about you. In my business, I have to and deeply do, that people have confidence that the system's not fixed, not against black people, for rich people, for powerful people.

It's very, very important that the American people understand that there really are people that you pay for with your tax dollars, who don't give a rip about Democrats or Republicans or this or that, who care about finding out what is true.

And I am lucky to lead an organization that is that way to its core. I get a ten-year term to ensure that stay outside of politics, by in a way it's easy. I lead an organization that is resolutely apolitical. We are tough aggressive people. If we can make a case, we'll make a case. We do not care what the person's stripes are or what their bank account looks like.

I worry very much when people doibt that. It's the reason I did the press conference two days ago. I care about the whole system deeply. And so I decided I 'm going to do something no director's ever done before. I'm not going to tell the attorney general or anybody else what I 'm going to say or even I 'm going to say it.

They didn't know until I walked out and offered extraordinary transparency, which I 'm sure confused and bugged a lot of people. It's essential that people see as much as they can so they can make their judgment.

They may conclude I'm an idiot. But what I hope they will not conclude is that I'm a dishonest person. I'm here trying to do the right thing in the right way. And I lead 36,000 people who have that as their spine. And that's what I want them to know.

I don't care that people agree or disagree. That is what is wonderful about our democracy. But at its core, you need to know there are good people trying to do the right thing all day long. You pay for them and we'll never forget that.

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