Paul Ryan Wants To Deny Clinton Classified Briefings During Campaign

House Speaker Paul Ryan wants to bar Hillary Clinton from receiving classified briefings on the campaign trail after the director of the FBI announced Tuesday that the former secretary of state and her staff had been “extremely careless” in handling classified information via her private e-mail server.

“The DNI Clapper should deny Hillary Clinton access to classified information during this campaign given how she so recklessly handled classified information,” Ryan said at a press conference on the Hill with GOP House leadership. Ryan was referring to the classified briefings that candidates begin receiving after the conventions.

Ryan – who was on the GOP ticket in 2012 himself – said that there were still questions to be answered and that the House would continue to press further for information about why the FBI declined to recommend criminal charges against Clinton in the matter. The FBI director was invited to testify before the House Thursday.

Ryan said he was still looking to see if Congress could do anything to keep Clinton from classified information.

“I think that is something that the administration should do on its own,” Ryan said. “But we’ll look into seeing if that is something we can do as well.”

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