Ratcliffe Statement on the Reopening of the FBI’s Clinton Email Investigation
WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) issued the following statement in response to the FBI’s announcement today that it would launch new investigative actions into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of an unsecured personal email system:
“When Hillary Clinton was inexplicably let off the hook for her reckless mishandling of our country’s most sensitive national security information, the American people were rightfully outraged. Since then, I’ve taken aggressive action to hold Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey accountable for the enormous shadow of doubt cast over this investigation. The FBI’s new investigative steps on this case confirm the need to ensure that the whole truth is uncovered and that justice is finally served.”
Last month, Ratcliffe introduced the Classified Information Protection Act (H.R.6034), which amends two statutes (18 U.S.C. 793(f) and 18 U.S.C. 1924) to clarify that intent to harm the United States is not required to prosecute individuals who grossly mishandle America’s most sensitive information. In exchanges with Congress, FBI Director Comey said the Department of Justice added factors to the criminal code into its consideration of Clinton’s case, which may have impacted FBI’s original decision not to prosecute.
Ratcliffe has also led a coalition of 50 Members of Congress in calling for a special counsel to investigate the Clinton Foundation.