RNC: Clinton 'allowed to play by a different set of rules'
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The Republican National Committee on Wednesday slammed the decision by the attorney general not to press charges against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms Special counsel issues rare statement disputing explosive Cohen report MORE for her use of a personal email server during her time as secretary of state.

“This decision by President Obama’s attorney general is a slap in the face to the many Americans entrusted with classified information who play by the rules and those who have been punished for lesser offenses,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement.


Priebus said Americans will likely have a hard time believing the Justice Department conducted a "fair and impartial investigation."

He referenced a private meeting between Attorney General Loretta Lynch and former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonAgency function is tied to how people feel about their job — that's bad news for USDA research 5 myths about William Barr Dems should follow Bill Clinton's lead on minimum wage hike MORE, which occurred a little over a week before the attorney general announced the decision Wednesday not to pursue charges. Lynch said the meeting was unplanned and centered on personal topics.

“Those who have mishandled classified information have had their security clearances revoked, lost their jobs, faced fines, and even been sent to prison, yet Hillary Clinton is being allowed to play by a different set of rules," Priebus said. "By so blatantly putting its political interests ahead of the rule of law, the Obama Administration is only further eroding the public’s faith in a government they no longer believe is on their side."

Lynch said Wednesday that she met with FBI Director James Comey and career prosecutors involved with the investigation.

“I received and accepted their unanimous recommendation that the thorough, year-long investigation be closed and that no charges be brought against any individuals within the scope of the investigation," she said in a statement.

The attorney general had largely relinquished her role overseeing the investigation after facing backlash over the meeting she had with Bill Clinton. Lynch had said she would defer to the FBI and prosecutors' recommendations.