Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is demanding access to information tied the FBI’s probe of Hillary Clinton, saying the decision to recommend no charges “threatens the rule of law.”
“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 said in a statement Tuesday. “I join my Senate Judiciary colleagues… in calling for public transparency of, and full access to, all the information that the FBI used to come to today’s dubious decision.”
Cruz’s comments come after FBI Director James Comey announced Tuesday morning that while Clinton and top aides were “extremely careless” about the nation’s secrets while she oversaw the State Department, he would not recommend indicting the presumptive nominee.
That decision drew immediate and furious backlash from Republicans, who argue it proves that Clinton is above the law and can’t be trusted by voters.
Cruz added Tuesday that he has “serious concerns about the integrity of Director Comey’s decision.”
“Director Comey has rewritten a clearly worded federal criminal statute. 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,” he said.
Clinton’s use of a private email server has dogged her campaign for months. While Democrats tried to close the door on the scandal Tuesday, the push by Cruz and other GOP lawmakers for access to information tied to the FBI’s Clinton probe virtually guarantees it will continue to have legs in Congress.
Comey, a Republican who worked in George W. Bush’s administration, stressed the independence of his probe Tuesday morning during a press conference, saying that no one at the Justice Department knew what he would say. But the announcement aroused suspicion from some GOP senators, who noted that in came after Attorney General Loretta Lynch met privately with Bill Clinton.
Lynch told reporters at the time that they did not discuss the investigation.
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the Judiciary Committee chairman, said separately Tuesday that the FBI “must be more transparent than ever in releasing information gathered during its investigation.”
“There are plenty of [Freedom of Information Act] and congressional requests pending that have been on hold because of the ongoing nature of the investigation, so now the FBI should respond fully and completely to all of them,” he said.
Headline: Western Journalism