Sen. Ted Cruz issued a statement Tuesday afternoon strongly criticizing FBI Director James Comey‘s announcement that the bureau would not be recommending charges against Hillary Clinton. Cruz said that the decision “threatens the rule of law.”
“Director Comey has rewritten a clearly worded federal criminal statute,” Cruz said. “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.”
Comey announced on Tuesday morning that the FBI had concluded its investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server. He said that Clinton had been “extremely careless,” but stopped short of accusing her of “gross negligence” — the standard for bringing charges.
“If we are to remain a beacon of hope and freedom for the rest of the world, it is incumbent upon us to ensure that we remain a nation of laws, and that our laws apply equally and fairly to us all,” he continued. “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.”
Cruz concluded his statement by insisting that the FBI release all the information that investigators used to arrive at the “dubious decision.”
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