Regardless of FBI Director Comey’s recommendation not to bring criminal charges against Hillary Clinton, the GOP isn’t done with her yet. Several Republicans have announced that they are now gearing up for the next phase of exposing her for the lying criminal she is. Judging from what they have planned, Hillary’s troubles are far from over.
“We are pleased that the career officials handling this case have determined that no further action by the Department is appropriate,” Hillary Clinton’s campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement. “As the secretary has long said, it was a mistake to use her personal email and she would not do it again. We are glad that this matter is now resolved.”
Not so fast, buddy. Hillary merely admitting that it was a mistake to use a private server for classified emails isn’t going to cut it. The biggest issue isn’t whether her deliberately unethical email use was a colossal “mistake.” The issue is, has been, and always will be the fact that she is a pathological liar.
Comey noted several serious items at his press conference yesterday that the FBI had determined Hillary was in fact been guilty of doing. Those same items are things that Hillary has lied about or minimized repeatedly.
A clever video from Reason Magazine’s Facebook page creates an undeniable suggestion of impropriety over the FBI’s recommendation not to bring criminal charges against Hillary. It also provides a perfect summary of why congressional Republicans aren’t giving up on holding her accountable.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan isn’t taking Comey’s recommendations at face value. He, as well as millions of other Americans, seem to have gotten the impression that the FBI director’s announcement had a not-so-subtle undertone of regret.
Speaker Ryan and numerous colleagues are demanding transparency and holding urgent hearings to request the FBI’s evidence and records all be made public without redactions. “The FBI should give us all of their findings,” Ryan told Fox News Tuesday. Ryan further remarked that Hillary is “competing for commander-in-chief here, so I think there’s a whole accounting that needs to happen.”
“What really just mystifies me is the case he [Comey] makes and then the conclusion he draws, and what bothers me about this is the Clintons really are living above the law. They’re being held by (a) different set of standards. That is clearly what this looks like,” Ryan explained. “And this is why we’re going to have hearings, and this is why I think that Comey should give us all the publicly available information to see how and why they reached these conclusions.”
ABC 13 reports that Ryan also rightfully asserted that Hillary’s access to classified information should be blocked by the government’s director of national intelligence. Meanwhile, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has called Comey to testify in front of the committee on Thursday. In addition, the Judiciary panel announced that Attorney General Loretta Lynch would appear next week.
“The FBI’s recommendation is surprising and confusing,” Chaffetz said. “The fact pattern presented by Director Comey makes clear Secretary Clinton violated the law. Individuals who intentionally skirt the law must be held accountable.”
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said he has “serious concerns about the integrity of Director Comey’s decision,” saying that the director “has rewritten a clearly worded federal criminal statute.”
Another House Republican, Paul Gosar of Arizona, tweeted a mocking cartoon of a Monopoly “Get out of jail free” card showing a winged Hillary fleeing from a cage labeled “FBI.”
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) July 5, 2016
Clearly, congressional republicans are feeling the same senses of confusion, suspicion, and lack of completion that millions of Americans are also experiencing. Thankfully, many of our elected representatives aren’t giving up on demanding accountability and pushing for the answers that the American people deserve. Someone might want to tell Hillary and her minions to put the party hats away. This isn’t over yet. Not by a long shot.
[h/t ABC 13]