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Congressman John Ratcliffe

Representing the 4th District of Texas

Rep. Ratcliffe: FBI’s investigation confirms Hillary Clinton is unfit to hold higher office or handle sensitive security information ever again

July 8, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) issued the following statement in response to FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday regarding the FBI investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of an unsecured personal email system:

“After listening to more than four hours of testimony from Director Comey, I am left with zero doubt that Hillary Clinton is disqualified from holding higher office and from handling sensitive national security information ever again. The facts provided by Comey clearly confirm that Clinton was grossly negligent in the handling of our nation’s most sensitive intelligence, showing total disregard for the safety of the men and women who put themselves in danger every day to protect this nation.

Clinton prioritized personal convenience and secrecy over Americans’ safety, and then repeatedly lied about her actions. I join my fellow Members of Congress in demanding that the Director of National Intelligence prohibit Clinton from further accessing sensitive materials and requesting that Director Comey release the unclassified documents from his investigation to the public.

Further, as a former federal prosecutor myself, it’s important to reinforce that I disagree entirely with Director Comey’s recommendation and Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s decision that Clinton not be prosecuted; as I believe the facts Director Comey presented demand the opposite:

  • Clinton said nothing marked as classified was sent or received over her email. Director Comey confirmed that hundreds of emails marked as classified were, in fact, sent and received.
  • Clinton said she used only one device. Comey confirmed that she, in fact, used multiple devices during her time as Secretary of State.
  • Clinton said that all work-related emails were turned over to the State Department. Comey confirmed that there were thousands that were not handed over.

I share the frustration of my fellow citizens that Clinton will not be held accountable by the legal system. However, she still can and should be held accountable by the American people who rightfully recognize that it’s unacceptable for there to be two different standards of justice in this country. After all, the timeless image of Lady Justice is blindfolded to symbolize that there should be no preferential treatment based on power, wealth or prestige – because no one in our society is above the law.”