Based on what FBI Director James Comey told America on Tuesday, a group of GOP senators led by Marco Rubio (R-FL) urged the State Department Thursday to suspend the security clearances of Hillary Clinton and her top aides, another group of Republicans led by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) in the upper house introduced a bill that would strip Hillary’s access altogether, which would mean she wouldn’t be allowed to receive the top secret briefings that presidential candidates usually get once they claim the nomination.
The letter initiated by Rubio and sent to Secretary of State John “why the long face?” Kerry, the senators expressed their severe concerns with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) findings this week regarding former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her staff’s “extremely careless” handling of sensitive, highly classified information.
We believe that is clear from Director Comey’s statement and the FBI investigation that the State Department should immediately suspend the clearances of Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, Cheryl Mills, Jake Sullivan, and other former State Department employees for security violations if they still maintain them. There is simply no excuse for Hillary Clinton’s decision to set up a home-cooked email system which left sensitive and classified national security information vulnerable to theft and exploitation by America’s enemies. Her actions were grossly negligent, damaged national security and put lives at risk. Failure to impose any sanctions for these clear violations of State Department procedure undermines the integrity of the State Department’s system for handling classified information and sends the wrong message to the Department’s employees.
Along with Rubio, signers of the letter included Senators: David Perdue (R-GA), John Barrasso (R-WY), Cory Gardner (R-CO), John Cornyn (R-TX), Johnny Isakson (R-GA) , Jim Risch (R-ID) , Ron Johnson (R-WI), James Lankford (R-OK), and Tom Cotton (R-AR)…