Ryan: DNI Should Deny Secretary Clinton Access to Classified Information | Speaker.gov

Today, Speaker Ryan formally asked Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to refrain from providing any classified information to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. He also asked FBI Director James Comey to release the full unclassified findings of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s email system. This is the latest in a series of steps House Republicans are taking to hold Secretary Clinton accountable for mishandling classified information.

Here are some of the latest headlines on our efforts:

Ryan Formally Asks DNI to Block Clinton’s Access to Classified Info
“After FBI Director James Comey called Clinton’s handling of classified material ‘extremely careless,’ Ryan argued in an interview on Fox on Tuesday that the Democratic nominee shouldn’t be permitted to get top secret briefings, but the letter formalizes that recommendation. Ryan cites his own experience receiving classified intelligence briefings as his party’s vice presidential nominee in 2012 in his letter, saying he understands Clinton is set to begin getting similar briefings after her party formally nominates her at the Democratic convention later this month.” (CNN)

Paul Ryan Has a Very Simple Idea for How Obama Admin Can Keep Classified Secrets Safe From Hillary
“[T]he House Speaker is appealing to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who reports directly to resident Obama and is responsible for the classified email briefings that are given to each presidential nominee. His message: Deny Hillary Clinton those briefings.” (IJ Review)

Paul Ryan, GOP Officials Blast Clinton Over FBI Email Findings
“House Speaker Paul Ryan blasted FBI Director James Comey’s decision Tuesday not to recommend charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server at the State Department, saying the ‘announcement defies explanation. . . . Declining to prosecute Secretary Clinton for recklessly mishandling and transmitting national security information will set a terrible precedent.'” (USA Today)

Ryan: Clinton’s Handling of Emails ‘Disqualifying’
“Paul Ryan on Tuesday night continued harshly criticizing Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while in office, saying that ‘she clearly lives above the law’ and that her actions were disqualifying. ‘What bothers me about this is that the Clintons really are living above the law,’. . . . Asked by Kelly whether he thought Clinton’s actions were disqualifying, Ryan replied: ‘Oh, sure I do.’” (POLITICO)

FBI Director Grilled Over Clinton Email Claims at Tense Hearing
“FBI Director James Comey acknowledged Thursday that multiple public statements made by Hillary Clinton about her email use were not true, at a tense Capitol Hill hearing where he faced tough questions from GOP lawmakers over the bureau’s decision not to seek charges against the former secretary of state despite her handling of classified information.” (Fox News)

Ryan: ‘Hillary Clinton Clearly Lives Above the Law’
“House Speaker Paul Ryan weighed in on the FBI’s decision not to recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton, saying that the Democratic candidate ‘lives above the law.’ Ryan said that it sounded as if FBI Director James Comey was preparing to recommend prosecution against Clinton for mishandling classified information and being grossly negligent, only to recommend against.” (Fox News)

GOP Mulls Congressional Action to Punish Clinton
“House Republicans are considering whether to take punitive action against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, including the appointment of a special prosecutor, in response to Clinton’s careless use of classified emails during her tenure, just a day after the FBI said it wouldn’t recommend criminal charges against her. ‘We’re not going to foreclose any options,’ House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Wednesday after meeting privately with House Republicans. (Washington Examiner)

House Republicans promise Clinton email probe is not over
“Republicans in Congress are promising the headlines over Hillary Clinton’s email server won’t go away anytime soon. On Wednesday, Republican leaders announced that FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Loretta Lynch will be testifying on the subject on Capitol Hill over the next two weeks, and additional probes may follow.” (USA Today)