Rejected: Ryan Fails To Keep Clinton Away From Information Briefings

Megan Maxey
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Posted: Jul 12, 2016 11:00 AM
Rejected: Ryan Fails To Keep Clinton Away From Information Briefings

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) made a formal request a few days ago to deny Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton access to intelligence briefings for the duration of her candidacy in light of the FBI findings.

Last night his request was rejected by Intel Chief James Clapper. He stated he “does not intend to withhold briefings from any officially nominated eligible candidate.”

Ryan cited in his request the FBI's assertion that the former secretary of state was "extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”

“There is no legal requirement for you to provide Secretary Clinton with classified information, and it would send the wrong signal to all those charged with safeguarding our nation’s secrets if you choose to provide her access to this information despite the FBI’s findings,” said Ryan in is request. “I firmly believe this is necessary to reassure the public that our nation’s secrets are secure.” 

Clapper refuses to take the privilege of access to information briefings given to presidential nominees away from Clinton.

"Nominees for president and vice president receive these classified briefings by virtue of their status as candidates, and do not require separate security clearances before the briefings," Clapper wrote his letter to the Republican leader. “Briefings for the candidates will be provided on an even-handed non-partisan basis."

Th rejection happened on the same day Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) formally requested an investigation into Hillary Clinton's possibly perjury to Congress.

The representatives said her testimony "directly contradicts" what FBI director James Comey stated last week.