U.S. Senator Ben Sasse says statements made by FBI Director James Comey contradict presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s defense of her use of a private email server while Secretary of State.
Sasse, a Republican, says Comey clearly laid out a case against Clinton.
“Well, it felt like whiplash, I think,” Sasse tells Nebraska Radio Network when asked to react to the FBI Director’s statement. “Listening to Director Comey’s summary of the information, it’s clear that Sec. Clinton mishandled classified information and broke laws in doing so and lied to our nation about doing it.”
Sasse says Clinton had insisted she had never sent or received classified documents via email on her private server while Secretary of State. The FBI found 110 classified documents delivered in 52 email chains. Eight of the chains contained information that was Top Secret.
Sasse says the Clinton case sets a bad precedent, lowering the standards used to protect the country’s secrets. He says there will come a time when an intelligence officer or a military officer will leak classified information and will be judged under those new standards.
“The other thing that could happen is the next time this career or military officer leaks information, they decide to go ahead and hold him or her accountable in a way that is different than what happened to Sec. Clinton and that makes them and their family and their peers and the public ask, why is there a two-tier system of justice in America?”
Sasse says if people are not held accountable, it makes the country weaker.
“So, now what happens next is a whole bunch of people are either not going to be held accountable and so our nation’s secrets are going to be held more loosely and our nation’s security is going to be weakened or they are going to be held accountable in which case most of America is going to say, why is there a different standard of justice for the Clintons than there is for the folks who are serving in uniform?”