House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., slammed the decision by FBI Director James Comey to not prosecute Hillary Clinton for “extremely careless” mishandling of classified information. While the speaker said he has “respect the professionals at the FBI,” the announcement “defies explanation” and “sets a terrible precedent.”
“While I respect the law enforcement professionals at the FBI, this announcement defies explanation. 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,” Speaker Ryan said in a statement. “The findings of this investigation also make clear that Secretary Clinton misled the American people when she was confronted with her criminal actions. 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.”
The presence of the emails on her private server–whether it be intended or negligence–is alone a crime, despite the Bureau’s announcement.Rudy Giuliani, who spent 15 years at the Justice Department, said he would not only have brought charges in this case but would’ve easily got a conviction from a jury.