Paul Ryan Asks Intelligence Community to Deny Clinton Classified Briefings

07-06-16 at 16-40-54-2In a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan asked his agency to deny former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton the classified briefings traditionally given to presidential nominees.

“Today I am writing to formally request that you refrain from providing any classified information to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the duration of her candidacy for president,” Ryan wrote. “This request is based on findings announced by FBI director James Comey at a press conference on Tuesday, July 5.”

At the press conference in question, Comey declared that Clinton was “extremely careless” with her handling of classified information, and noted that others who acted similarly were often subjected to security or administrative sanctions. “Given the FBI’s findings, denying Secretary Clinton access to classified information certainly constitutes appropriate sanctions,” Ryan argued.

The federal government is not required to provide intelligence briefings to presidential candidates, but has traditionally done so as a courtesy and to prevent them from accidentally imperiling national security on the campaign trail. In recent years, select campaign officials and vice presidential candidates (including Ryan in 2012) have also received intelligence briefings.

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