WASHINGTON, House Speaker Paul Ryan has asked the CIA to refrain from giving classified intelligence briefings to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton after the FBI said she was “extremely careless” handling classified information while secretary of state.
Typically, the CIA has given classified intelligence briefings to both major party nominees during a presidential campaign as a courtesy. Ryan, who was the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2012, said the sensitive briefings are not a legal requirement and the FBI’s findings in an investigation into Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state should preclude her from handling any more 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. I firmly believe this is necessary to reassure the public that our nation’s secrets are secure,” Ryan wrote to National Intelligence Director James Clapper.
Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon called the request, echoed by many House Republicans, a political “stunt.”
“Every House Republican who joins in partisan stunt about Clinton’s intel briefings should have to say if they think [Donald] Trump is fit to get them,” Fallon wrote on Twitter, referring to the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
Ryan has also questioned the result of the FBI’s investigation. FBI Director James Comey is scheduled to testify Thursday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about the department’s findings.