Texas Senator Ted Cruz released a statement regarding FBI Director James Comey’s decision not to charge Hillary Clinton. Comey, after a highly publicized investigation, announced that although some laws may have been broken, he felt that Clinton and her staff didn’t intend to do anything illegal, so the FBI would not recommend any criminal charges. Coincidently, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that she would abide by the FBI’s recommendation as to whether charges would be laid against Clinton, or not.
Cruz began his statement with, “While I have tremendous respect for the dedicated men and women of the FBI, I have serious concerns about the integrity of Director Comey’s decision, and how it threatens the rule of law.” Cruz went on to point out that Director Comey has rewritten a clearly worded federal criminal statute, and in doing so, has essentially said that the grossly negligent handling of classified information should not result in severe consequences for high-level officials. Cruz has called for complete transparency in the FBI investigation including full public access to all the information that led the FBI to its conclusion.
The Federalist Papers Project reports:
Today, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) released a statement regarding FBI Director Comey’s decision not to charge Hillary Clinton with criminal wrong doing even with clear evidence she broke the law.
Director Comey has rewritten a clearly worded federal criminal statute. In so doing, he has come dangerously close to saying that grossly negligent handling of classified information should not result in serious consequences for high-level officials. In a nation where the rule of law is supposed to matter, this is troubling.
Under President Obama, we have seen the most politicized Department of Justice in history; I very much hope that politicization has not similarly corrupted the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
I join my Senate Judiciary colleagues, including Chairman Grassley, in calling for public transparency of, and full access to, all the information that the FBI used to come to today’s dubious decision.