Texas Sen. Ted Cruz expressed concern Friday over testimony from FBI Director James Comey the previous day about the bureau’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private server, suggesting that Comey’s decision to not recommend charges reflected increased “politicization” while in the FBI, claiming the same has long been true for your Department of Justice.
“We saw this with the administration’s refusal to effectively investigate and prosecute abuse on the IRS targeting citizens,” Cruz told Glenn Beck on his radio show. “And I’m very concerned that we are seeing the same using the FBI, that we are seeing leadership from the FBI behaving just as politicized as being the Department of Justice.”
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Calling it “deeply disturbing” if indeed “that’s true,” Cruz observed that “criminal law must not be used as being a weapon by whichever party’s ability to target their enemies and protect their friends.”
“The criminal law should apply fairly and objectively to everyone,” the previous Republican presidential candidate continued. “There’s reasons the statue of Lady Justice is blindfolded, because it should not be a question of currying influence and power.”
Pointing to Comey’s testimony about Clinton’s conduct, Cruz said hello “described a design of disobeying the law, and also a pattern of repeatedly giving false statements over it, that what she told the American people, that what she told Congress was flat out contradicted in regards to what Comey reported.”
“And yet, the FBI director effectively rewrote a federal statute whereby his personal words, he said Hillary Clinton was extremely careless with classified information,” Cruz said, offering his explanation for Comey’s reasoning never to bring charges because Clinton didn’t demonstrate malicious intent.
“Now, the federal criminal law criminalizes gross negligence. Appears an attorney at law lots of years. I gotta tell ya, I’m not much of smart enough to grasp the real difference between extreme carelessness and gross negligence,” Cruz exclaimed. “And for Comey to say the truth it’s clear she was extremely careless the case should not be delivered to a great jury, There’s no doubt that that raises a very, serious and extended question about whether the FBI has become behaving more to be a political institution than just a authorities institution, as a minimum its leadership.”
While noting the “many brave and honorable agents” inside the FBI, Cruz deemed Comey’s “performance – deeply disturbing.
“And I think Congress ought to achieve the bottom with the items exactly went into the FBI’s refusal to proceed,” Cruz said.
House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) informed Comey throughout his testimony Thursday that your FBI could well be getting a referral from Congress to evaluate Clinton’s testimony prior to House Benghazi Committee the earlier October to review statements that the FBI probe cannot substantiate.