Rand Paul, the Republican presidential candidate, on Thursday criticized his Democratic rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for using a private email server when she was secretary of state, saying the issue was “far more serious than just a private server.”
“She is not a good secretary of State and I am not going to give her credit for that,” the Kentucky senator said at a town hall event hosted by the conservative Free Beacon.
“It’s far more serious.”
Paul also suggested Clinton was in the “business of using her position to advance her own personal interests” and questioned whether the Democratic nominee had taken responsibility for her actions.
“I’ve been a Democrat for decades.
I know this, I know how they operate,” Paul said.
“You’re going to hear more from him,” Paul continued. “
The Hill, which first reported the remarks, also said the speech was the first time the former senator had said Clinton had been a “bad secretary of this nation.
Paul also questioned why the FBI was not investigating Clinton’s use of a private account, saying he had “great faith” in the bureau. “
This is a president that doesn’t have any respect for the American people.”
Paul also questioned why the FBI was not investigating Clinton’s use of a private account, saying he had “great faith” in the bureau.
“Maybe the FBI didn’t want to bring in some of the people they have been looking at,” he said.
Paul also attacked Clinton for her refusal to release her email correspondence.
“What is Hillary Clinton doing?
She’s lying to the American public,” Paul charged.
“Why are they hiding these emails?”
The Hill reported the speech on Thursday morning.
Clinton’s email scandal broke on Friday with The Washington Post reporting that the FBI had found thousands of messages in the server Clinton used while she was serving as secretary of states.
A number of Clinton’s aides have since resigned.
The FBI has said it found about half of those emails on a laptop belonging to Clinton aide Huma Abedin.
The FBI has also confirmed it has opened a criminal investigation into Clinton’s private email setup, including whether any of the messages were mishandled.
The investigation into the former secretary of the State’s private server began in January 2016.
Paul was the only GOP presidential candidate to speak about the email scandal on Thursday, and he said the Republican nominee should have been more forthcoming about his email setup.
“He should have taken some responsibility and put it out there,” Paul told Fox News on Thursday.
“The American people are not going out of their way to believe what he’s saying because he doesn’t want them to believe he was lying.”
I’m not here to tell you how to vote, but I’m not going into the public arena and say this guy’s lying.
He’s telling the truth.
“Paul continued to criticize Clinton, saying she is “an honest and upright person who does things the right way.
“Paul called Clinton “the most dishonest person in the history of this country” and said she was “not going to be a great secretary of [state] but she will be an effective secretary of agriculture.