House Speaker Paul Ryan Asks FBI to Deny Hillary Clinton Access to Any More Classified Government Info

House Speaker Paul Ryan sent a formal letter to the Director of National Intelligence asking Hillary Clinton be barred from receiving classified information

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House Speaker Paul Ryan sent a formal request to the Director of National Intelligence, Wednesday, calling for Hillary Clinton‘s access to classified government information be revoked during the remainder of her campaign.

Ryan’s letter comes after FBI Director James Comey recommended not to prosecute Clinton in the Bureau’s investigation of the handling of her emails during the Democratic nominee’s tenure as Secretary of State. Attorney General Loretta Lynch opted on Wednesday not to press charges.

“As a former vice presidential nominee, I am keenly aware that Secretary Clinton is set to begin receiving classified intelligence briefings after the Democratic National Convention,” Ryan wrote in the letter to James Clapper. He added, “Given the FBI’s findings, denying Secretary Clinton access to classified information certainly constitutes appropriate sanctions.”

Ryan charged that allowing Clinton access to such classified information would “send the wrong signal” to others responsible for “safeguarding our nation’s secrets.”

“Should you choose to reject this request, I ask that you provide your rationale for granting Secretary Clinton access to classified information despite the FBI’s findings,” the 46-year-old said.

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The reasoning behind his plea, Ryan said, was Comey’s finding that Clinton and her staff were ” ‘extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.’ ”

On Thursday, Comey met with congressional Republicans on Capitol Hill to address his suggestion not to prosecute Clinton, ABC News reported.

Defending his stance, Comey said, “When I look at the facts we gathered here, as I said, I see evidence of great carelessness, but I do not see evidence sufficient to establish that Secretary Clinton or those with whom she was corresponding both talked about classified information on email and knew when they did it that they were doing something that was against the law.”

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