House Speaker Paul Ryan blasted FBI Director James Comey’s decision Tuesday not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server at the State Department, saying the “announcement defies explanation.”
“While I respect the law enforcement professionals at the FBI, this announcement defies explanation. No one should be above the law. But based upon the director’s own statement, it appears damage is being done to the rule of law,” Ryan said in a statement. “Declining to prosecute Secretary Clinton for recklessly mishandling and transmitting national security information will set a terrible precedent.”
A spokesman for the Republican National Committee said that even though the FBI did not recommend charges, the facts laid out were a “clear indictment” nonetheless.
Sean Spicer, speaking with CNN shortly after Comey’s announcement, said that he felt the FBI had done a fair and thorough investigation and downplayed the importance of actual charges. He added that the director’s characterization of Clinton’s email use clearly showed “somebody who doesn’t understand the importance of our national security.”