Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on October 8, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Isaac Brekken/Getty Images)
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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sounded off just minutes after the FBI announced Monday that there would be no recommendation from the bureau for an indictment of Hillary Clinton over her use of private email servers while she was secretary of state.
FBI Director James Comey made the announcement during an 11 a.m. statement from the agency's Washington, D.C., headquarters — and less than than 40 minutes later, Trump took to Twitter to once again unload on the "rigged" system.
"The system is rigged. General Petraeus got in trouble for far less. Very very unfair! As usual, bad judgment," Trump tweeted, referring to Gen. David Petraeus, who was charged after giving classified information to his biographer and girlfriend, Paula Broadwell.
The system is rigged. General Petraeus got in trouble for far less. Very very unfair! As usual, bad judgment.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2016
But Trump didn't stop there.
"FBI director said Crooked Hillary compromised our national security. No charges. Wow! #RiggedSystem," he added.
FBI director said Crooked Hillary compromised our national security. No charges. Wow! #RiggedSystem— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 5, 2016
Republican National Committee communications director Sean Spicer said on CNN after the FBI's announcement that, despite the lack of any formal charges, the findings are a "clear indictment" on Clinton's "judgment and fitness to be president."
And House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) blasted the FBI's decision, saying it "defies explanation"
"Declining to prosecute Secretary Clinton for recklessly mishandling and transmitting national security information will set a terrible precedent," Ryan said.
While I respect the professionals at the FBI, this announcement defies explanation. No one should be above the law. pic.twitter.com/OqctxglquI— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 5, 2016
California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, former Bush White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, and former GOP presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee were among many other Clinton critics to sound off:
The FBI decision shows once again how the Clintons and others at the top get to live by a different set of rules from everyone else.— Darrell Issa (@DarrellIssa) July 5, 2016
Bottom line: Hillary is reckless, careless and has poor judgement, but she's not a criminal. Which means she's likely to be our next POTUS.— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) July 5, 2016
Hillary may not be POTUS, but she'll be on the Winter Olympic team for ice skating, no one has successfully skated on more thin ice than her— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) July 5, 2016
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