U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, who on September 14 asked the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for a formal damage assessment, issued the following statement today after the release of new documents regarding the FBI’s investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server. According to those documents, the State Department “pressured” the FBI to downgrade the classification of one email as part of a “quid pro quo.”  

“From start to finish, Secretary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information and the State Department’s pressuring of the FBI to hide that mishandling does nothing but reinforce the perception of a double standard and a broken investigation,” said Senator Sasse. “As I wrote to the Director of National Intelligence last month, Washington’s malpractice risks tarring the IC with accusations of partisanship or incompetence. I want to believe both critiques are wrong but today’s news is deeply troubling.”