House Republicans reacted swiftly on Friday to the news that the FBI has reopened its investigation into Democratic presidential nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's private email server. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued a terse statement that all but accused the FBI of having handled the investigation in a politically biased manner to this point:
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) likewise issued a statement almost immediately that once again called upon the "Director of National Intelligence to suspend all classified briefings for Secretary Clinton":
BREAKING NEWS → The FBI is reopening its investigation into Secretary Hillary Clinton.— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) October 28, 2016
My full statement ⇩ pic.twitter.com/LHfyg46dWk
North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, a member of the House Oversight Committee, said Friday that he "look[s] forward" to working with his colleagues in light of the FBI's decision as "no one should be above the law."
"The more information we learn about Secretary Clinton's private email server, the more it becomes clear that she and her State Department officials were reckless with classified information, endangered our national security and deliberately misled federal investigators to cover up their wrongdoings," Meadows said.
House Republicans were extremely critical of the FBI's initial decision to not recommend charges against Clinton and held a series of contentious hearings with FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch after the decision was announced. Comey's letter announcing the reopening of the investigation explained that he was announcing the decision as part of his ongoing duty to keep Congress apprised of the investigation as a result of those hearings: