Ryan: Watchdog report proves Clinton ‘cannot be trusted’

Ryan: Watchdog report proves Clinton ‘cannot be trusted’
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House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan says he disagrees with Romney's impeachment vote Trump doubles down on Neil Cavuto attacks: 'Will he get the same treatment as' Shep Smith? Trump lashes out at Fox News coverage: 'I won every one of my debates' MORE accused Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDNC warns campaigns about cybersecurity after attempted scam Biden looks to shore up lead in S.C. Stone judge under pressure over calls for new trial MORE of “deliberately” violating federal rules with her private email server on Wednesday, hours after a State Department watchdog report was circulated around Capitol Hill.

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“This report underscores what we already know about Hillary Clinton: she simply cannot be trusted,” Ryan (R-Wis.) said in a statement.

“Think about this, the highest ranking diplomat in the United States — the secretary of State — deliberately broke agency policy to serve her own interests,” he added. “Her use of a private email server not only violated department policies, but it was also a clear security risk.”

Earlier in the day, the State Department’s inspector general sent to Congress an 83-page report detailing a history of record-keeping troubles at the department, which stretched into the George W. Bush administration.

Clinton, the likely Democratic presidential nominee, was given particular notice for her use of a private email account routed through a private server, which she never asked for or received approval to use.

In doing so, Clinton violated department policy set up to comply with federal records laws and failed to ensure adequate cybersecurity protections, the report said.

“At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department business before leaving government service,” the report claimed, “and, because she did not do so, she did not comply with the department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act."

Ryan’s comment on Wednesday is an intensification of his involvement in the presidential race and came as his office was battling reports about a lingering dispute with Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump passes Pence a dangerous buck Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Trump nods at reputation as germaphobe during coronavirus briefing: 'I try to bail out as much as possible' after sneezes MORE that has placed the Speaker on an island among House leaders.

The refusal of the nation’s top Republican to endorse the presumptive GOP presidential nominee has forced a degree of awkwardness into the GOP and guarantees internal friction.

In his statement, Ryan declined to explicitly mention Trump, even while deriding Clinton and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDNC warns campaigns about cybersecurity after attempted scam Overnight Health Care — Presented by American Health Care Association — Trump taps Pence to lead coronavirus response | Trump accuses Pelosi of trying to create panic | CDC confirms case of 'unknown' origin | Schumer wants .5 billion in emergency funds Biden looks to shore up lead in S.C. MORE (I-Vt.), her primary opponent.

Clinton and Sanders “offer a continuation of policies that have failed to jumpstart our economy and turn our country around,” Ryan claimed.

Instead, he advertised a “series of bold reforms” in the House “that will get our country back on track.”

“We will be rolling out this agenda in the coming weeks to the country — making the case why our ideas are better.”