Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thought when FBI Director James Comey announced Tuesday that the FBI would not recommend an indictment to the Department of Justice that her private email server troubles were behind her and she could move on.
She was very wrong.
Thursday morning, House Speaker Paul Ryan Thursday formally requested that the presumptive Democrat presidential nominee be denied classified information briefings, which are given to both nominees, because the FBI labeled her as “careless,” The Hill reported.
Ryan sent a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper requesting that Clinton not receive the briefings, or, should the CIA decide to give her the briefings, that Clapper explain exactly why he thinks that is a good idea.
“As a former vice presidential nominee, I am keenly aware that Secretary Clinton is set to begin receiving classified intelligence briefings after the Democratic National Convention,” Ryan wrote. “Given the FBI’s findings, denying Secretary Clinton access to classified information certainly constitutes appropriate sanctions.”
In other bad news for Clinton, The Hill also reported that a bill had been introduced in the Senate to strip Clinton of her security clearance as punishment for what she did.
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn and Sen. Cory Gardner introduced the bill, explaining that it was appropriate given how Clinton had handled classified material in the past.
“When individuals mishandle our country’s most sensitive information they jeopardize national security and shouldn’t be trusted with such an important responsibility,” Cornyn explained in a statement.
“If the FBI won’t recommend action based on its findings, Congress will. At the very least, Secretary Clinton should not have access to classified information and our bill makes sure of it,” Gardner added in a separate statement.
Republicans have seized on Comey’s comments that “those individuals (ones who are careless with national security) are often subject to security or administrative sanctions,” as justification for denying Clinton access to classified materials.
Comey was set to testify before Congress Thursday and was likely to be peppered with questions as to why the FBI did not charge Clinton even though she broke the law.
It is good to see congressional Republicans taking national security seriously and doing everything they can to try to stop Clinton from damaging this country more than she already has.
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