July 5, 2016
Press Release

Washington, D.C.U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today released the following statement regarding the FBI’s recommendation not to prosecute former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.


“Today, FBI Director James Comey outlined clearly that Secretary Clinton acted recklessly, and likely illegally.  He presented evidence of her carelessness.  He openly acknowledged that she communicated top secret information on an unsecured email server, despite her previous statements to the contrary.    As a former federal prosecutor,  I recognize the level of caution that all federal officials handling classified information must exercise – and I take these violations seriously.  There was sufficient misconduct alleged by the FBI Director which, at a minimum, warranted the presentation of this evidence to a grand jury.  The law should be applied equally, regardless of political status.  Today’s inaction only fuels American distrust in our government and sets a dangerous precedent.  As Central New York's Representative in Congress, I have worked to reach across the aisle to restore public trust in our government.  I believe that today's announcement is a step backward in that effort.  Any candidate for elected office must stand to answer for the double standard applied today and for the careless manner in which Secretary Clinton handled her classified communications.”


Congressman John Katko represents the 24th Congressional District, which includes all of Onondaga, Cayuga, and Wayne Counties and a portion of Oswego County.  For more information, please visit https://katko.house.gov or www.facebook.com/RepJohnKatko.