The chairman of the Iowa Republican Party says the FBI has shown “blatant favoritism” toward presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Jeff Kaufmann’s comments come a few hours after the FBI’s director recommended that Clinton not face charges for using a personal email server while she was secretary of state.
“If this would have happened to any other person besides Hillary Clinton I will guarantee you that there would be a string of not only calls for the resignations of people that were associated with this, but obviously the person running for the office would have been asked to step down from actually running,” Kaufmann said during a telephone conference call with reporters.
Kaufmann said Clinton engaged in “reckless” conduct and it’s adding more fuel to voter distrust of government.
“Some of these things that she did put my family in danger,” Kaufmann said. “That’s personal and it should be personal for every single citizen in this country when you get by with something like this.”
Kaufmann did not directly call on the FBI director — who is a registered Republican — to step down, but Kaufmann suggested key Obama Administration officials involved in this investigation need to “search their conscience” and consider resigning.
Tana Goertz, a senior advisor to presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump, said this case shows the system was “completely rigged.”
“Justice is different for the Clintons than it is for anyone else,” she said.
Goertz called it the “shadiest deal ever.”
“If this were anyone else, we would have had the book thrown at us, so how anyone could vote for this woman is beyond me,” Goertz said.
The Clinton campaign issued a statement, saying “career officials” had decided no charges would be filed. Campaign spokesman Brian Fallon said Clinton has “long said it was a mistake to use her personal email and…we are glad this matter is now resolved.”
Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, a Republican, today called on the FBI to publicly release “the actual evidence” it considered in making its decision about Clinton’s email. The FBI’s director this morning said Clinton and her staff had been “extremely reckless” and committed “gross negligence,” but he said “no reasonable prosecutor” would file charged based on the evidence in the case.