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Oklahoma’s Congressional Delegation Reacts To FBI Investigation Into Clinton Emails

U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., talks with Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. on Nov. 4, 2014 shortly after his election to the U.S. Senate
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U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., talks with Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla. on Nov. 4, 2014 shortly after his election to the U.S. Senate

Several Oklahoma U.S. Senators and House members say they’re disappointed FBI Director James Comey recommended the U.S. Department of Justice not prosecute presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Oklahoma’s senior Republican U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe called Clinton’s use of a private email server "obvious intentional mishandling."

“To not hold her accountable will further erode the public’s trust in our legal system and will erase the notion that even those in power - especially those in power - should be held to a higher standard,” Inhofe said in a Facebook post.

U.S. Sen. James Lankford called the FBI’s recommendation that the Justice Department not file charges an “alarming precedent,” and said he plans to look into the FBI’s decision-making in his role as a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

Congressman Markwayne Mullin said he didn’t understand the FBI’s logic in not recommending charges despite the report that found she mishandled classified information.

“If this was anyone else, they would already be in jail,” Mullin said in a Facebook post. “I hope that the DOJ does not follow the recommendation of the FBI and charges are brought against Hillary Clinton.”

Oklahoma’s Fourth District Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cole called it a “classic cover up” that shows a different set of rules apply to the Clintons.

“After articulating a compelling case for prosecution, including violations of State Department policies, United State Code, and careless custodianship of classified information, [Comey] then announced that the FBI had no plans to do anything about it.”

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Brian Hardzinski is from Flower Mound, Texas and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He began his career at KGOU as a student intern, joining KGOU full time in 2009 as Operations and Public Service Announcement Director. He began regularly hosting Morning Edition in 2014, and became the station's first Digital News Editor in 2015-16. Brian’s work at KGOU has been honored by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters, and local and regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists. Brian enjoys competing in triathlons, distance running, playing tennis, and entertaining his rambunctious Boston Terrier, Bucky.
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