Just like Donald Trump and many of us, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan could not believe that Hillary Clinton will not see charges over use of her private server while Secretary of State.
In Ryan’s words, the FBI’s decision to recommend no charges to the Department of Justice ‘defies explanation.’
From USA Today:
House Speaker Paul Ryan blasted FBI Director James Comey’s decision Tuesday not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server at the State Department, saying the “announcement defies explanation.”
“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,” Ryan said in a statement. “Declining to prosecute Secretary Clinton for recklessly mishandling and transmitting national security information will set a terrible precedent.”
More from Politico:
From Donald Trump to House Speaker Paul Ryan to embattled senators seeking reelection, the GOP found unity Tuesday around FBI Director James Comey’s announcement that the agency won’t recommend charges against Clinton — despite Comey’s stern rebuke of Clinton for sending classified information over her private email servers.
Ryan also said that Americans will “reject” Clinton’s “dishonesty and poor judgment,” essentially predicting that Comey’s admonishment of Clinton will be an animating issue in the fall elections. Indeed, Clinton is viewed unfavorably by 55 percent of respondents in surveys, according to Huffington Post’s rolling average, just 5 percentage points worse that Trump.
Republicans running for Congress trumpeted Clinton’s bad news day as the latest example of Clinton’s untrustworthiness. Republicans hope to capitalize on Comey’s comments and drive up Clinton’s negative ratings further — a coordinated, nationwide GOP campaign strategy that’s shaping up to be more anti-Clinton than pro-Trump.
Good to see Paul Ryan is back on our side.