US Speaker Ryan: Declining to prosecute Clinton bad precedent

"Declining to prosecute Secretary Clinton for recklessly mishandling and transmitting national security information will set a terrible precedent," Ryan said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published:July 5, 2016 10:41 pm
Hillary Clinton, Clinton emails, Clinton email server, Paul ryan clinton emails House Speaker Paul Ryan (Source: AP)

Hours after the Federal Bureau of Investigation ruled that it won’t press charges against former secretary of state and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, US House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said the decision not to prosecute Clinton defies explanation: ‘No one should be above the law.’

“Declining to prosecute Secretary Clinton for recklessly mishandling and transmitting national security information will set a terrible precedent,” Ryan, a Republican, said in a statement. “The findings of this investigation also make clear that Secretary Clinton misled the American people when she was confronted with her criminal actions.”

READ: FBI says it won’t recommend charges in Hillary Clinton email matter

FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday said the FBI will not recommend criminal charges in its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state. Comey made the announcement Tuesday, three days after FBI agents interviewed Clinton in a final step of its investigation. “Its possible that hostile actors obtained access to Clinton’s personal email,” added Comey.

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Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton’s spokesman says the campaign is pleased with FBI findings and says it was a ‘mistake’ for Clinton to use personal email.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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