House Speaker Paul Ryan says Hillary Clinton are not trusted with classified information and it is formally asking federal intelligence officials to deny the former secretary of State briefings during the fall campaign, a regular practice equally for party’s nominees.
In a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper dated Wednesday and released on Thursday, Ryan wrote how the FBI’s admonishment of Clinton this week over her lax email practices as secretary of state has to carry repercussions. The letter came hours before FBI Director James Comey is determined to testify until the House Oversight Committee on his findings while in the Clinton email investigation and decision to not recommend charges against her.
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"You will find, the FBI’s investigation of Secretary Clinton’s unauthorized personal e-mail found substantial evidence that Secretary Clinton and her staff were ‘extremely careless inside their handling of very sensitive, classified information,’" Ryan (R-Wis.) wrote. He made to keep in mind that Comey revealed that officials who acted much like Clinton would face administrative or security sanctions.
"As a result of FBI’s findings, denying Clinton admission to classified information certainly constitutes appropriate sanctions," Ryan wrote. "There isn’t a legal need for someone to provide Secretary Clinton with classified information, and yes it would send the incorrect signal to those involved in safeguarding our nation’s secrets if you wish to provide her access to this information in spite of the FBI’s findings."
Ryan joined many Republicans who’ve argued today that Clinton shouldn’t acquire sensitive intelligence information after her email transgressions. And Sens. Cory Gardner of Colorado and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas introduced a bill Thursday that might revoke the safety clearance of Clinton and her aides at State who sent classified information through her personal servers.
"We’re saying she ought not have classified clearance. It ought to be revoked as well as those around her, (those) she was e-mailing with, those who received the classified information ought to have their security clearance revoked too," Gardner said on Fox News. The ban, he added, should last "until she’s an authorized right to that clearance by becoming the president-elect."
Rep. Adam Schiff, the most notable Democrat around the House Intelligence Committee, responded from a statement which the GOP demand "is as predictable which is absurd. These briefings get as it serves the national interest to do so, and since among the list of candidates may be the next President of the usa."