Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan is having a hissy-fit because the head of the FBI, Director James Comey gave Hillary Clinton a pass on her private email server. In retribution, Ryan requested the Democratic presidential contender be blocked from the intelligence briefings that all presidential and vice-presidential candidates receive. But he is a little late.
After all, the former New York senator and former Secretary of State has been getting security briefings for years. Ryan tried to convince the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper that Clinton didn’t deserve to receive the briefings, due to her “extremely careless” handling of her emails, with a private server in her basement.
The speaker wrote earlier this month:
‘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.’
Director Clapper responded to Ryan in writing, saying he:
‘Does not intend to withhold briefings from any officially nominated, eligible candidate.’
Ryan wanted to block Clinton, because the FBI director Comey severely criticized her, although he did not call for any punishment. But Ryan’s request was denied. Clapper wrote:
‘Nominees for president and vice president receive these briefings by virtue of their status as candidates, and do not require separate security clearances before the briefings. Briefings for the candidates will be provided on an even-handed non-partisan basis.’
Ryan’s spokesperson AshLee Strong released a statement, which said in part:
‘We obviously disagree with the decision and want to know what precautions will be taken and what assurances the director can give that Secretary Clinton won’t mishandle classified information.
‘She has proven herself untrustworthy.’
The purpose of these briefings is to provide the next commander-in-chief with the information they would need during their transition to the White House. They traditionally begin after the parties’ convention.
House Speaker Paul Ryan will hold a town hall meeting on CNN, Tuesday at 9:00 p.m. ET, apparently to discuss the issue.
Check out the GOP criticizing Comey on Clinton’s emails: