Today, the FBI admitted that Hillary Clinton endangered the American people—and confirmed that the worst things any of us imagined about Hillary’s email server were true. FBI Director James Comey concluded that Clinton was “extremely careless” in handling our nation’s secrets. He admitted that no reasonable person could have believed putting these emails on a private server was at all appropriate or acceptable. He admitted that 110 emails on the server were classified at the time they were sent—showing that Hillary not only lied, but knowingly endangered national security as Secretary of State. He admitted that Hillary deleted work-related emails before turning them over to the State Department, despite her claims otherwise. And most shocking, Mr. Comey even admitted that it’s likely foreign governments hacked her emails--and that our adversaries could know critical secrets about the U.S. government because of Hillary’s actions. But when you’re a Clinton, none of this matters. Not when you have the ear of the President, or you can call a secret airport meeting with the Attorney General. Not when you behave as if you’re above the law, and will never be held responsible for your actions. Mr. Comey admitted that someone caught in a similar situation would “often” be punished. And yet, he announced the FBI would not recommend criminal charges for Hillary Clinton. It’s not just a miscarriage of justice, but a blow to the very heart of our democracy. This is a shameful day for the rule of law and the security of our nation, no matter what your political beliefs may be. The Obama Administration might be circling the wagons, and doing all they can to prop up their corrupt, incompetent, untrustworthy Democratic nominee—but the American people know better. And if our government won’t make her face consequences, voters will.
Hillary Clinton cannot be President. But we will not beat her this fall if Republicans are afraid to expose her lies, her failures, and her corruption. I will come out swinging—and force Hillary to run on her record, not identity politics. Caucus for me on February 1.
Another 14,900 of Hillary Clinton’s emails were just released. They finally prove, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that Hillary’s not only a liar—but a first-class, grade A, corrupt politician.
This campaign was always about citizenship—taking back our country from a political class that only serves the big, the powerful, the wealthy, and the well connected. Election after election, the same empty promises are made and the same poll-tested stump speeches are given, but nothing changes. I've said throughout this campaign that I will not sit down and be quiet. I'm not going to start now. While I suspend my candidacy today, I will continue to travel this country and fight for those Americans who refuse to settle for the way things are and a status quo that no longer works for them. Our Republican Party must fight alongside these Americans as well. We must end crony capitalism by fighting the policies that allow it to flourish. We must fix our festering problems by holding our bloated, inept government bureaucracy accountable. Republicans must stand for conservative principles that lift people up and recognize all Americans have the right to fulfill their God-given potential. To young girls and women across the country, I say: do not let others define you. Do not listen to anyone who says you have to vote a certain way or for a certain candidate because you're a woman. That is not feminism. Feminism doesn't shut down conversations or threaten women. It is not about ideology. It is not a weapon to wield against your political opponent. A feminist is a woman who lives the life she chooses and uses all her God-given gifts. And always remember that a leader is not born, but made. Choose leadership. As I have said to the many wonderful Americans I have met throughout this campaign, a leader is a servant whose highest calling is to unlock potential in others. I will continue to serve in order to restore citizen government to this great nation so that together we may fulfill our potential.
Like all of you, I am angry. I am heartsick and heartbroken at the carnage in Paris. I am filled with revulsion for the terrorists who carried out these brutal attacks and the murderous Islamist extremism that fuels their violent hatred. I am profoundly disappointed that our own President cannot bring himself to speak with the same clarity of purpose as do President Hollande and Prime Minister Cameron. Mostly though, I am angry. Angry that just yesterday morning, hours before the Paris attacks began and against all the evidence, President Obama declared ISIS “contained” and took a victory lap. They are not a JV team, Mr. President. They are not contained. They are at our shores and their measure of victory is the body count. I am angry that Hillary Clinton dares to ask “what difference does it make” how four Americans died in Benghazi. And then she tells us that we must empathize with our enemies. Mrs. Clinton, when the United States does not answer a purposeful terrorist attack on our embassy with a purposeful and powerful response, but instead blames a video, you invite more terrorism and bloodshed. I am angry that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton declared victory in Iraq in 2011, abandoned all our hard-won gains for political expediency and contrary to the advice of our generals, thus leaving vast swaths of territory and too much weaponry to be gobbled up by ISIS. I am angry that President Obama unilaterally decides that we’ll accept refugees while his administration admits we cannot determine their ties to terrorism. Mostly I am outraged because the murder, mayhem, danger and tragedy we see unfolding in Paris, throughout the Middle East and too often in our own homeland, are the direct consequence of this administration’s policies. You cannot lead from behind. The world is a tragic and dangerous place when we do not lead. We cannot be the world’s policeman, but we must be the world’s leader. And so let us consider why only America can lead the world. Our nation was founded on a unique premise: that each individual life has value, that we judge an individual by the content of their character, as Martin Luther King said, not by the group to which they belong. Our nation was founded on the idea that each of us has the right to fulfill our potential – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – and our Founders said this right comes from God and should not be taken away by government. Our Constitution was written as much to curb the abuse of power by government as it was to protect individual rights. We are not a perfect nation and we have worked hard to become a more perfect union. But we are an exceptional nation. And it is nevertheless true that more things have been more possible for more people regardless of their circumstances here, than anywhere else on earth. And it is also true that we are the only nation in the history of the world that possesses military superiority and yet uses that power not to conquer territory or to subjugate others, but to liberate, uplift and comfort people around the world. This, Mr. President, is why we are an exceptional nation. And because we are exceptional, we must lead.