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Congressman John Ratcliffe

Representing the 4th District of Texas

Rep. Ratcliffe: New FBI documents amplify concerns over Clinton’s reckless handling of sensitive national security information

October 18, 2016
Press Release
Reinforce need for the Classified Information Protection Act

WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) issued the following statement in response to newly released FBI documents showing that a sensitive file linked to former Secretary Hillary Clinton’s private server was found on a Romanian server. The file reportedly contained the names of known or suspected jihadists in Libya.

“The facts emerging each day on the Clinton email investigation have been shocking on many levels, and as a former terrorism prosecutor, the growing pile of evidence on the exposure of our country’s most sensitive national security information leaves me particularly outraged.

“The newly revealed link between Clinton’s private email server and Romanian actors further underscores the need to ensure her reckless behavior will never be allowed again – especially without punishment. This is precisely why I introduced the Classified Information Protection Act, and why I urge my colleagues to support this effort to combat any future acts of extreme carelessness that place our national security at risk.”

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 the law means exactly what it says – and that intent to harm the United States is not required to prosecute individuals who grossly mishandle America’s most sensitive information.

The introduction of the Classified Information Protection Act was driven by FBI Director Comey’s application of an invisible, never-before-seen standard in his recommendation not to pursue criminal charges against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her reckless use of unauthorized, unsecured email servers to send and receive emails containing classified information.

“If this is the precedent, if this is the standard – what’s to prevent this same level of extreme carelessness in the future? What’s to stop the reckless disregard for the sensitivity of classified information from again jeopardizing the lives of Americans in harm’s way?” Ratcliffe said upon introducing the bill.

Ratcliffe was joined in introducing the Classified Information Protection Act by four original cosponsors: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), and Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), who served as an undercover officer in the CIA.