While we at Constitution.com have already expressed boatloads of frustration with the FBI’s decision to not pursue charges against Hillary Clinton over her egregious behavior with national security, we thought it’d be a good idea to check in with some other conservatives and see how they felt about the decision. We gathered a few opinions from around the web and brought them here to our pages for your perusal.
Needless to say, we were not alone in our anger or our frustration at Hillary Clinton’s ability to escape the rule of law.
From Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Facebook:
While I have tremendous respect for the dedicated men and women of the FBI, I have serious concerns about the integrity of Director Comey’s decision, and how it threatens the rule of law.
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. In a nation where the rule of law is supposed to matter, this is troubling.
Yesterday, Americans celebrated the 240th birthday of our Republic. We honored not only those who fought and died to defend our way of life, but the constitutional Republic for which they sacrificed. 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. 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. I join my Senate Judiciary colleagues, including Chairman Grassley, in calling for public transparency of, and full access to, all the information that the FBI used to come to today’s dubious decision.
From Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) on Facebook:
Today the FBI announced Hillary Clinton violated classified procedures, carelessly and recklessly endangered national security – and had done so repeatedly, over 100 times.
The FBI then announced she would face no charges. This is an outrage and the rule of law has been turned upside down.
This weekend, we learned former President Clinton met with the Obama Administration Attorney general – the FBI director’s boss – in private.
Three days later the FBI director announces no charges are being brought against Hillary Clinton.
The appearance is terrible. The decision is astounding. People have gone to jail for less severe breaches of classified information and national security.
Today Director Comey and the Obama Administration Department of Justice made it clear to the American people, and all those being unfairly prosecuted by the DOJ, that there is no accountability, no justice, and the Clintons are allowed to live by a different set of rules.
This is a loss for the rule of law and further degrades Americans’ faith in the justice system.
Senator Paul also wrote an op-ed for TIME magazine where he argued that Hillary Clinton should not be “above the law.”
If the FBI’s decision to not prosecute Hillary Clinton is accepted, we will have become a nation of two sets of laws: one for the Clintons, and one for everyone else.
From Carly Fiorina’s Facebook Page:
Today, the FBI admitted that Hillary Clinton endangered the American people—and confirmed that the worst things any of us imagined about Hillary’s email server were true.
FBI Director James Comey concluded that Clinton was “extremely careless” in handling our nation’s secrets.
He admitted that no reasonable person could have believed putting these emails on a private server was at all appropriate or acceptable.
He admitted that 110 emails on the server were classified at the time they were sent—showing that Hillary not only lied, but knowingly endangered national security as Secretary of State.
He admitted that Hillary deleted work-related emails before turning them over to the State Department, despite her claims otherwise.
And most shocking, Mr. Comey even admitted that it’s likely foreign governments hacked her emails–and that our adversaries could know critical secrets about the U.S. government because of Hillary’s actions.
But when you’re a Clinton, none of this matters. Not when you have the ear of the President, or you can call a secret airport meeting with the Attorney General. Not when you behave as if you’re above the law, and will never be held responsible for your actions.
Mr. Comey admitted that someone caught in a similar situation would “often” be punished. And yet, he announced the FBI would not recommend criminal charges for Hillary Clinton.
It’s not just a miscarriage of justice, but a blow to the very heart of our democracy. This is a shameful day for the rule of law and the security of our nation, no matter what your political beliefs may be.
The Obama Administration might be circling the wagons, and doing all they can to prop up their corrupt, incompetent, untrustworthy Democratic nominee—but the American people know better. And if our government won’t make her face consequences, voters will.
From conservative Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL) on Facebook:
Today’s recommendation that Secretary Clinton face no charges is baffling. The FBI investigation into Clinton found that she was ‘extremely careless’ in handling highly classified information, that numerous email chains contained top secret information that Hillary should have known could not be stored or transmitted on an unsecured server, that Hillary failed to turnover thousands of work-related emails to the State Department, that hostile actors may have hacked into Clinton’s email account, and that a person engaged in similar conduct would face serious security and administrative consequences. The evidence uncovered in the investigation further demonstrates that Secretary Clinton did not tell the public the truth about her email arrangements and her handling of classified information, and failed to produce all relevant emails as she was required to do.
Based on Director Comey’s statement, the elements of the offense for a violation of 18 U.S.C. 793(f) were all met, yet no prosecution will commence. Moreover, the serious consequences (i.e., termination of employment, loss of security clearance) that would face almost anyone else who committed similar conduct are completely absent; indeed, Secretary Clinton will not be barred from future federal employment but may end up as the next President of the United States.
It is hard to believe that a mid-level official could have engaged in similar conduct and gotten off scot-free. This business of applying two different sets of rules — one for the elite, one for everyone else — undermines the constitutional system and corrodes the nation’s political fabric. The American people deserve better.
Georgia GOP Party Chairman John Padgett:
“Hillary Clinton is the most crooked and corrupt politician in American politics. She broke the law, tried to cover it up, lied to the American people, and now deserves to be punished for her reckless and criminal behavior.
Unfortunately, our elected officials behave more like Chicago mobsters than public servants. We need an outsider like Donald Trump who can restore accountability, integrity, and confidence in the federal government. We need real leadership and real consequences for those who endanger our country for the sake of political expediency.”