Paul Ryan says that he will do everything in his power to prevent Hillary Clinton from receiving classified briefings as the democratic nominee for president. Given her poor record in keeping classified information at the State Department, it seems to be pure madness to allow her to have access to the nations most closely held secrets.
“While I respect the law enforcement professionals at the FBI, this announcement defies explanation.Z”
“No one should be above the law. But based upon the director’s own statement, it appears damage is being done to the rule of law.”
“Declining to prosecute Secretary Clinton for recklessly mishandling and transmitting national security information will set a terrible precedent.”
From The Mail Online:
Ryan also said ‘more information’ was needed about how the FBI reached its decision – an indication that the issue is far from over that raises the possibility of a congressional role into the matter and even possible hearings.
‘The findings of this investigation also make clear that Secretary Clinton misled the American people when she was confronted with her criminal actions,’ Ryan continued.
‘While we need more information about how the Bureau came to this recommendation, the American people will reject this troubling pattern of dishonesty and poor judgment,’ he concluded.
Comey stunned the political world when he delivered a surprise statement at FBI headquarters Tuesday and announced he would not recommend charges be brought.
Comey also catalogued a series of missteps by Clinton, noting that there was no 24-hour security on her unusual private server, that she used the account when overseas and at risk of intrusion, and that people she communicated with got hacked.
‘Although we did not find clear evidence that secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws,’ Comey said, ‘there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.’
Comey said the FBI determined that before Clinton deleted tens of thousands of her ‘personal’ emails, her attorneys deleted several work-related messages. The lawyers didn’t read them all but searched keywords to determine which of them might qualify as government records.
Although Comey didn’t recommend prosecution, he noted that under ordinary circumstances, there would be ‘consequences’ for similar behavior.
‘To be clear this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions, but that’s now what we’re deciding now,’ he said.
Clinton used a private server run out of her home, using it exclusively for her email while running the State Department, despite government rules on preserving and archiving material generated by government work.