Ryan: Watchdog Report Proves Clinton ‘Cannot Be Trusted’
House Speaker Paul Ryan criticized Hillary Clinton after the latest Watchdog report came out, saying that she cannot be trusted.
“This report underscores what we already know about Hillary Clinton: she simply cannot be trusted,” Ryan (R-Wis.) said in a statement.
“Think about this, the highest ranking diplomat in the United States — the secretary of State — deliberately broke agency policy to serve her own interests,” he added. “Her use of a private email server not only violated department policies, but it was also a clear security risk.”
The Hill reports:
Earlier in the day, the State Department’s inspector general sent to Congress an 83-page report detailing a history of record-keeping troubles at the department, which stretched into the George W. Bush administration.
Clinton, the likely Democratic presidential nominee, was given particular notice for her use of a private email server, which she never asked for or received approval to use.
In doing so, Clinton violated department policy set up to comply with federal records laws and failed to ensure adequate cybersecurity protections, the report said.
“At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department business before leaving government service,” the report claimed, “and, because she did not do so, she did not comply with the department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act.”
Ryan’s comment on Wednesday is an intensification of his involvement in the presidential race, and came as his office was battling reports about a lingering dispute with Donald Trump that has placed the Speaker on an island among House leaders.
The refusal of the nation’s top Republican to endorse the presumptive GOP presidential nominee has forced a degree of awkwardness into the GOP, and guarantees internal friction.
In his statement, Ryan declined to explicitly mention Trump, even while deriding Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), her primary opponent.
Clinton and Sanders “offer a continuation of policies that have failed to jumpstart our economy and turn our country around,” Ryan claimed.
Instead, he advertised a “series of bold reforms” in the House “that will get our country back-on-track.”
“We will be rolling out this agenda in the coming weeks to the country — making the case why our ideas are better.”
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