This is not how our justice system is supposed to work. If “intent” was part of the formula for someone being acquitted, then it would be a waste of time to have laws regarding such things as negligent homicide. What he did in letting her off the hook was deplorable.
But what really upsets me, is that he sent a Tweet stating he'd gladly talk to the committee, but he demanded it be an open hearing and not behind closed doors because he said there must be transparency for the American people.
Two big problems with this. First, in open hearings each member only has five minutes to ask questions, so they always lack depth for an effective investigation. Plus, depending on political objectives, one side asks hard questions while the other side mostly gives speeches for the camera. Rarely does anything effective get accomplished. It’s just a political show.
But more importantly, the last time Comey was in an open hearing, he said almost 100 times the following: "This is not the right setting for me to answer the question." Well, based on his lack of transparency last time, apparently open hearings aren't the best way at getting to the truth. He wants to limit his exposure to possible perjury charges. He’s doing what he tried to catch other people doing when he was the head of the FBI.
They need to go behind closes doors and tape the hearing, so he can't not answer questions using his previous excuse of confidentiality. The bottom line is that he's not concerned about transparency, the Tweet was all about protecting himself.
By the way, Democrats hated Comey until Comey went after Trump, now they love him. Trying to find integrity in politicians is like trying to find a needle in a haystack.