SENATOR VAN TAYLOR STATEMENT ON FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON’S EMAIL SCANDAL AND HANDLING OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION
PLANO, TX – Marine Intelligence Officer and State Senator Van Taylor today released the following statement in response to FBI Chief James Comey's comments regarding Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information.
"In the Marine Corps, Secretary Clinton’s behavior would lead to removal of security clearance and severe reprimand up to court martial. As a Marine Intelligence Officer, I handled Top Secret material regularly. Secretary Clinton violated basic procedures and then lied about it,” stated Taylor. “I am appalled at her lack of respect for our nation’s most valuable secrets and her callousness toward the people who risked their lives to get that information."
As a Marine Officer and paratrooper, Taylor volunteered for duty as a platoon commander with the Marine Corps' C Company, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion. He deployed to Iraq where he fought with 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company. Taylor led the first platoon into Iraq for his brigade and led a mission that rescued 31 wounded Marines during the pitched Battle of An Nasiriyah. For his service in Iraq, the Marine Corps awarded Taylor the Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, and the Navy Commendation Medal with "V" for valor.
A seventh generation Texan, local small businessman, and decorated Marine Officer, Van Taylor represents the majority of Collin County and a portion of Dallas County in the Texas Senate where he is widely recognized as a conservative leader. Taylor serves as Vice-Chairman of both the Nominations Committee and the Sunset Advisory Commission. He is also as a member of the Education, Health and Human Services, and Transportation Committees as well as the interim Committee on Property Tax Reform and Relief. Van and his wife, Anne, married after his return from Iraq and are the proud parents of three young girls. Van and his family reside in Plano near the land his great-grandfather farmed during the Great Depression.
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