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 RyanThree-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate Krystal Ball touts Sanders odds in Texas Republicans pour cold water on Trump's term limit idea MORE accused Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonQueer Marine veteran launches House bid after incumbent California Rep. Susan Davis announces retirement Poll: Trump neck and neck with top 2020 Democrats in Florida Former immigration judge fined, temporarily banned from federal service for promoting Clinton policies 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 conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report 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 SandersBiden lead shrinks, Sanders and Warren close gap: poll Biden allies: Warren is taking a bite out of his electability argument Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi set to unveil drug price plan | Abortion rate in US hits lowest level since Roe v. Wade | Dems threaten to subpoena Juul 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.”