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Paul Ryan slams Obama on Twitter for commuting Chelsea Manning's sentence

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin speaks during a press briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

As TheBlaze reported earlier today, President Barack Obama commuted Chelsea Manning's 35 year sentence, who will now be released in May instead of in the year 2045. Manning was in serving jail time for leaking classified documents to the group Wikileaks.

Among those who expressed their displeasure with Obama's decision to release Manning is Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, who took to Twitter to voice his disapproval in a short statement, calling Obama's decision "outrageous."

"This is just outrageous," wrote Ryan. "Chelsea Manning's treachery put American lives at risk and exposed some of our nation's most sensitive secrets. President Obama now leaves in place a dangerous precedent that those who compromise our national security won't be held accountable for their crimes."

Ryan is not the only Republican to weigh in. Veterans such as Tom Cotton also expressed their anger over the decision.

"When I was leading soldiers in Afghanistan, Private Manning was undermining us by leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks," wrote Cotton in a statement. "I don't understand why the president would feel special compassion for someone who endangered the lives of our troops, diplomats, intelligence officers, and allies. We ought not treat a traitor like a martyr."

The Hill reports that this is not the only commutation he's given to a federal prisoner during his two terms in office, having pardoned 1,385 inmates. This is more than the number accumulated under 12 presidents combined.

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