Donald Trump on Friday praised the FBI’s decision to reopen the criminal case into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state, saying his Democratic rival’s “corruption is on a scale we have never seen before” and that “we must not let her take her criminal scheme into the oval office.”
Despite slamming the FBI for weeks, Trump told a cheering crowd in New Hampshire, “I think they’re going to right the ship, folks.”
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus was quick to point out the timing of Friday’s announcement.
“The FBI’s decision to reopen their criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's secret email server just eleven days before the election shows how serious this discovery must be,” he said in a written statement. “This stunning development raises serious questions about what records may not have been turned over and why and whether they show intent to violate the law.”
Top Republican lawmakers were also quick to weigh in on the news.
House Speaker Paul Ryan said Clinton had “nobody but herself to blame.”
“This decision, long overdue, is the result of her reckless use of a private email server, and her refusal to be forthcoming with federal investigators,” Ryan said in a written statement, adding that he will renew his call for the director of National Intelligence to suspend all classified briefings for Clinton until the investigation has ended.
House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said in a statement that the decision “reinforces” what his committee has been saying for months. “The more we learn about Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server, the clearer it becomes that she and her associates committed wrongdoing and jeopardized national security.”
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the surprising decision to reopen the investigation into Clinton “once again showcases her fundamental lack of judgement and disregard for protecting and handling of our nation’s highly classified secrets.”
The FBI closed its criminal investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server in July. It’s now looking at whether newly found emails contained classified information.
Clinton herself has kept quiet about the bombshell announcement.
She smiled and waved to reporters – but ignored their shouted questions - as she walked off her plane in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Clinton spent a half hour on the plane after it landed. Running mate Tim Kaine has also not made a formal statement. He told a reporter he has “got to read a little more” before responding.