Every election year the presidential nominees of the two major political parties receive security briefings just after the conventions – which are set to take place soon – in an effort to provide a smooth transition from the campaign trail to the White House.
However, House Speaker Paul Ryan advocated for presumed Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton not to receive the nomination briefings, citing her “extreme carelessness” regarding classified information.
Ryan submitted this request to National Intelligence Director James Clapper, and got this response as reported by the Conservative Tribune and CNN:
“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.”
Director Clapper’s decision is a shame. Despite FBI Director James Comey coming within inches of indicting the former secretary of state, she somehow will still be allowed access to classified material.
We don’t know if she’d use that information for more leverage in the Clinton Family Foundation dealings – she sold out America before and apparently got away with it, so why wouldn’t she do it again?
Here’s what Ryan wrote to Director Clapper:
“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.”
This time, Paul Ryan is right. With every scandal Clinton worms her way out of, a bad precedent is set. And unfortunately, it looks like she has weaseled her way out of another one.
Corrupt politicians breed more corruption. A Hillary Clinton presidency would be a nightmare, and make the Netflix series House of Cards look like amateur corruption.
Do you think Speaker Ryan was right to attempt to deny this traditional national security briefing to Hillary Clinton?
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