U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Austin, said Thursday morning that Hillary Clinton had committed treason, following a Fox News report that the Democratic presidential nominee’s private e-mail server had been hacked by at least five foreign intelligence agencies, citing unnamed FBI sources.
The charge follows heated rhetoric from McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, a day earlier, when he said on Fox News that Clinton could be impeached if elected president over her use of the email server.
On Thursday, McCaul said on “Fox & Friends” that FBI Director James Comey had previously told McCaul that, “it’s very likely that foreign adversary nations got into her private server.”
“This is why you have security protocols: To protect classified information,” McCaul said. “She exposed it to our enemies and now, Steve, our adversaries have this very sensitive information that not only jeopardizes her and national security at home, but the men and women serving overseas. This is in my opinion, quite frankly, it’s treason.”
McCaul spoke at the GOP National Convention this summer and has said he has been briefing GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump on national security issues.
His recent Fox appearances come in the wake of reports saying he has been encouraged by fellow Republicans to challenge U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018.
Cruz was criticized for his refusal to endorse Trump at the convention. The Texas senator has since said he will vote for Trump and is campaigning with Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence Thursday in Iowa and Michigan.