During an interview with Chris Matthews on Friday, Gov. Mike Pence said that if his or Hillary Clinton’s running mate Sen. Tim Kaine’s (D., Va.) son mishandled classified information the way Clinton has done, they would “at least be court-martialed.”
Prior to this, Matthews asked Pence if mishandling classified information should disqualify Clinton from the presidency.
“Well, to not properly handle classified information, is that a disqualifying factor for a candidate for president?” Matthews asked. “If it comes out she mishandled information intentionally that was classified? Is that a disqualifier?”
Pence said that it “certainly is a disqualifier” for him, then explained why.
“Well, it certainly is a disqualifier for me but every voter in this country will make that decision, but it really is remarkable as I said in our vice presidential debate, if either–either my son or Tim Kaine’s son, both of whom are serving our country as Marines, mishandled classified information the way Hillary Clinton did they’d be at least court-martialed,” he said.
Pence also listed another case similar to that of Clinton’s, saying that this person “appropriately faced severe consequences.”
“I think at the end of the day every voter will make their own decision, but for me, for my house, I truly do believe that her record as well as the fact that she obviously mishandled classified information, had a private server that … compromised the security of the United States of America, certainly disqualifies her to serve in the highest office in the land,” he said.
This came as FBI Director James Comey reopened the probe into Clinton’s email server on Friday, citing new emails “pertinent” to the case:
“In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation,” Comey wrote in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.”
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