Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper requesting Hillary Clinton be denied classified information and briefings she would receive as the Democratic nominee for president, ABC News is reporting.
“There is no legal requirement for your 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,” Ryan wrote in a letter to Clapper obtained by ABC News. “I firmly believe this is necessary to reassure the public that our nation’s secrets are secure.”
BREAKING: I formally asked the Director of National Intelligence to deny Sec. Clinton access to classified info. pic.twitter.com/Kk8t00cdJn
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 7, 2016
FBI Director James Comey said the investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server to conduct all official State Department business concluded that Clinton and her associates “were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”
Ryan also wrote a letter to Comey, asking for the FBI to turn over all unclassified email resulting from the FBI investigation.
Director Comey will appear on Thursday in front of the House Oversight Committee to testify about the investigation into Clinton’s private email server.