Republicans wasted no time in criticizing the FBI's decision not to recommend criminal charges to the Justice Department after its investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails as Secretary of State. House Speaker Paul Ryan released one of the the strongest reactions, saying the decision "defies explanation" and will "set a terrible precedent."
"No one should be above the law. But based upon the director's own statement, it appears damage is being done to the rule of law," Ryan said. "Declining to prosecute Secretary Clinton for recklessly mishandling and transmitting national security information will set a terrible precedent. The findings of this investigation also make clear that Secretary Clinton misled the American people when she was confronted with her criminal actions."
FBI Director James Comey's announcement that "no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case" regarding Clinton's private email servers while Secretary of State comes less than a month before the Democratic Party is expected to nominate Clinton as its presidential nominee.
While Ryan's statement was critical of the law enforcement agency, other Republicans said that the decision doesn't release Clinton from the damaging narrative and the underlying belief that the Clinton's operate outside the confines of the law.
Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump called the system "rigged."
While Republicans aren't uniting around Trump as Republican presidential nominee, they can find unification around Clinton.
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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who is running for reelection, said Clinton's actions "were grossly negligent, damaged national security and put lives at risk."