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Trump Campaign, Paul Ryan Slam Hillary After FBI Releases Email Documents

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By    |   Friday, 02 Sep 2016 03:02 PM

Donald Trump's campaign said Friday that the FBI's release of documents from its July interview with Hillary Clinton during the email probe further pointed to the Democratic nominee's "tremendously bad judgment and dishonesty."

"Hillary Clinton is applying for a job that begins each day with a top secret intelligence briefing," spokesman Jason Miller said. "Clinton's secret email server was an end-run around government transparency laws that wound up jeopardizing our national security and sensitive diplomatic efforts.

"On more than 2,000 occasions classified material was exposed on her private server, including highly sensitive top secret information and intelligence," he added. "All of this was done to conceal what we are once again seeing in the latest email productions from the State Department: rampant conflicts of interest and a pay-to-play culture that rewarded Clinton Foundation donors with access and favors."

House Speaker Paul Ryan said that the documents proved Clinton's "reckless and downright dangerous handling of classified information during her tenure as secretary of state.

"They also cast further doubt on the Justice Department's decision to avoid prosecuting what is a clear violation of the law," the Wisconsin Republican said. "This is exactly why I have called for her to be denied access to classified information."

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called the FBI documents "a devastating indictment of her judgment, honesty and basic competency.

"Clinton's answers either show she is completely incompetent or blatantly lied to the FBI or the public," he said. "Either way, it's clear that, through her own actions, she has disqualified herself from the presidency."

The FBI on Friday took the rare step of publishing a trove of heavily redacted pages of its confidential interview with Clinton during the July Fourth weekend in their investigation of her private server use.

Clinton was interviewed on a Saturday, July 2, for three-and-a-half hours at her home in Washington.

The agency later concluded that the Democrat never sought or asked permission to use a private server or email address during her four years as the nation's top diplomat, which violated federal records-keeping policies.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burg of North Carolina said that "the excuses never end, and no one is ever held responsible.

"Classified information should be handled with utmost care because the lives of those tasked with keeping America safe are at risk," he said.

Clinton has repeatedly said her use of private email was allowed. But in July she told FBI investigators she "did not explicitly request permission to use a private server or email address," the FBI wrote.

The agency said that no one at the State Department raised concerns during her tenure, and that Clinton said everyone with whom she exchanged emails knew she was using a private email address.

The documents also include technical details about how the server in the basement of Clinton's home in Chappaqua, N.Y.

"Clinton's reckless conduct and dishonest attempts to avoid accountability show she cannot be trusted with the presidency and its chief obligation as commander-in-chief of the U.S. armed forces," the Trump campaign's Miller said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Donald Trump's campaign said Friday that the FBI's release of documents from its July interview with Hillary Clinton during the email probe further pointed to the Democratic nominee's "tremendously bad judgment and dishonesty."
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