Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06) issued the following statement regarding the FBI’s findings in the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified informationinformation:

 "Today's recommendation that Secretary Clinton face no charges is baffling. The FBI investigation into Clinton found that she was 'extremely careless' in handling highly classified information, that numerous email chains contained top secret information that Hillary should have known could not be stored or transmitted on an unsecured server, that Hillary failed to turnover thousands of work-related emails to the State Department, that hostile actors may have hacked into Clinton's email account, and that a person engaged in similar conduct would face serious security and administrative consequences.  The evidence uncovered in the investigation further demonstrates that Secretary Clinton did not tell the public the truth about her email arrangements and her handling of classified information, and failed to produce all relevant emails as she was required to do.

Based on Director Comey's statement, the elements of the offense for a violation of 18 U.S.C. 793(f) were all met, yet no prosecution will commence.  Moreover, the serious consequences (i.e., termination of employment, loss of security clearance) that would face almost anyone else who committed similar conduct are completely absent; indeed, Secretary Clinton will not be barred from future federal employment but may end up as the next President of the United States.

It is hard to believe that a mid-level official could have engaged in similar conduct and gotten off scot-free.  This business of applying two different sets of rules -- one for the elite, one for everyone else -- undermines the constitutional system and corrodes the nation's political fabric.  The American people deserve better."