Democratic congressman hijacks hearing to ask FBI director about Trump retweeting white supremacists

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Democratic Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr. of Missouri took FBI Director James Comey's Thursday hearing in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee off the rails when he asked about Donald Trump's retweeting of white supremacists.

Clay also asked if Comey was familiar with the "Daily Stormer" website, a white supremacist site that promotes "the hashtag #WhiteGenocide to protest what they believe is an effort to eliminate the white race."

"I am not," Comey said.

Clay continued, asking Comey if he's concerned whether someone who promotes such ideas on social media could become violent.

Comey insisted that he doesn't know enough about the specifics of the "white genocide" hashtag to voice an opinion, but added the FBI is "always concerned" when someone "goes beyond protected speech."

"One of my biggest concerns is that certain public figures are promoting these groups even further," Clay said. "As you may know, one of our most vocal candidates for president retweeted @WhiteGenocideTM. Three weeks later he did it again, and two days later he retweeted a different user who's image also included 'White Genocide' — and that's not all of them."

"Do those actions make it easier for those racist groups to recruit even more supporters?" he then asked.

Comey said he couldn't give a good answer on the subject.

The FBI director was called before the committee to testify about his recommendation to not prosecute presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton over her use of private email servers when she served as secretary of state.

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The system is rigged. General Petraeus got in trouble for far less. Very very unfair! As usual, bad judgment.
FBI director said Crooked Hillary compromised our national security. No charges. Wow! #RiggedSystem
Statement of @FBI 's Comey, recommending no charges but rebuking @HillaryClinton for carelessness, is about best result she could get.
The fix is in. No accountability. Pathetic.
Absolutely outrageous presser by Comey. DOJ/FBI is supposed to speak in court. If it won't make statements in court, it shouldn't make them.
No recommendation of criminal charges! It is over! Let Hillary and the country move on! Repeat: it is over. No criminal charges.
Now we ponder which is more irresponsible: @HillaryClinton 's identifying classified emails or @realDonaldTrump identifying racist retweets
She mishandled top secret classified material in an "extremely careless" manner...which is not "grossly negligent," apparently?
The FBI decision shows once again how the Clintons and others at the top get to live by a different set of rules from everyone else.
110 emails contained classified information & email account was possibly hacked. “Convenience” should never be put before national security.
The findings of the @FBI are a clear indictment of @HillaryClinton's judgement and fitness to be President
The blindfold had clearly been removed from the scales of justice.
@realDonaldTrump - What I got from @FBI Director Comey remarks: @HillaryClinton's recklessness makes her unfit to President! #CrookedHillary
Hillary may not be POTUS, but she'll be on the Winter Olympic team for ice skating, no one has successfully skated on more thin ice than her
Disappointed in FBI's decision to not recommend charges against Clinton. She broke the law.
Section 793 of Espionage act uses "gross negligence" vs "extremely careless" standard in treatment of classified information as found by FBI
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