Ryan: GOP will hold hearings on Clinton probe
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Republicans will hold hearings to learn more about the FBI's decision to not recommend criminal charges for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Centrists change tone of Democratic race In 2020, democracy will be decided at the margins Michelle Obama presents Lin-Manuel Miranda with National Portrait Award MORE, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanSaagar Enjeti: Crenshaw's conservatism will doom future of GOP Retirees should say 'no thanks' to Romney's Social Security plan California Governor Newsom and family dress as 2020 Democrats for Halloween MORE (R-Wis.) said Tuesday night. 

"People have been convicted for far less," Ryan said during an interview with Megyn Kelly on Fox News's "The Kelly File," saying that he thought FBI Director James Comey "was going to recommend prosecution" based on the FBI director's opening remarks in a press conference Tuesday.

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Ryan said the FBI's decision not to recommend charges "underscores the belief that the Clintons live above the law." 

Comey said that while there was evidence Clinton and her staff were "extremely careless" with classified information, "no reasonable prosecutor" would bring a case against her in relation to her use of a private email server while secretary of State.

"We're going to have hearings," Ryan said on Fox, mentioning House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzElijah Cummings, Democratic chairman and powerful Trump critic, dies at 68 House Oversight panel demands DeVos turn over personal email records The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - Trump attack on progressive Dems draws sharp rebuke MORE (R-Utah). Chaffetz indicated hours earlier on Fox that he was considering calling Comey to Capitol Hill to testify about the FBI's probe and conclusion not to recommend charges.

Ryan said Clinton "clearly lives above the law" and that Comey has ”shredded" Clinton's defense of her email practices while serving as secretary of State. Ryan described Clinton as "grossly negligent."

Ryan said the FBI should release its findings regarding the Clinton email investigation. 

He also called for the director of National Intelligence to "block" Clinton from accessing classified information as a presidential candidate, given her handling of government secrets on her private email server.

"I don't think she should get classified information," Ryan said.

Republicans expressed anger and disbelief over the decision not to pursue criminal charges, with GOP presidential candidate Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpMost Americans break with Trump on Ukraine, but just 45 percent think he should be removed: poll Judge orders Democrats to give notice if they request Trump's NY tax returns Trump's doctor issues letter addressing 'speculation' about visit to Walter Reed MORE blasting a "rigged" system. 

Ryan said Chaffetz would be calling up Comey to ask questions. 

"He didn't [answer] any questions with the press," Ryan said of Comey's remarks earlier Tuesday in Washington. "There are a lot of unanswered questions here, Megyn, that need to get answers to," Ryan said.

Ryan said the FBI "should give us all of their findings" in the Clinton investigation.