Speaker Ryan on FBI's Clinton-Email Probe: 'We're Going to Have Hearings'

Susan Jones | July 6, 2016 | 6:28am EDT
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In this June22, 2016 file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill. (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - The case against Hillary Clinton, as explained by FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday, does not support the conclusion Comey reached -- that no criminal charges should be brought against the former secretary of state for her careless handling of highly sensitive information, said House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

"What really just mystifies me is the case he makes and then the conclusion he draws," Ryan told Fox News's Megyn Kelly Tuesday night.

"And what bothers me about this is, the Clintons really are living above the law. They're being held (to) a different set of standards. That is clearly what this looks like. 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 this conclusion."

Ryan said the House Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), will call Comey to testify because "there are a lot of unanswered questions here."

"The FBI should give us all of their findings," Ryan said.

Clinton, he noted, "is actually competing for commander in chief here. So I think there's a whole accounting that needs to happen. The point is, she clearly lives above the law. Let me say this. He (Comey) shredded the case that she's been making all year long. He shredded the things that she's been saying in her own defense all year long about her case."

Among other things, Comey said Clinton did send emails marked classified on her personal email server, contrary to what she's claimed all along.

"Do you think that is disqualifying for her?" Fox News's Megyn Kelly asked Ryan.

"Well sure I do," he replied. "I think she clearly said things that were not true, and he basically gave us that. I think we need to know more, quite frankly. The other thing that concerns me is that she's just going to get away with this in the sense that she grossly was negligent, she mishandled classified information, and now she wants to be commander in chief."

Ryan noted that when he became Mitt Romney's running mate, he got classified briefings every week, including "very sensitive information."

"Comey said, short of prosecution, some sort of administrative action should occur, bringing consequences. I think that the DNI, the director of national intelligence should block her access to classified information, given how recklessly she handled this during the presidential campaign.

If she becomes president, that's one thing. But I don't think she should get classified information."

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