House Speaker Paul Ryan says the decision to provide classified intelligence briefings to Hillary Clinton must be reconsidered, arguing her "record of extraordinary lack of discretion and judgment" makes the risk "just too great."
In an opinion piece for the Washington Post
posted Wednesday, the powerful Wisconsin lawmaker said there are more than enough reasons for the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, to rethink his refusal
to withhold briefings from Clinton.
"It's no small matter to hand over classified information to a person as reckless with our national security as Clinton, absent the voting public's explicit permission in November," Ryan writes.
"Until that time, given Clinton's record of extraordinary lack of discretion and judgment, the risk is just too great."
Ryan argues the FBI's investigation of Clinton made one thing clear – that she "recklessly mishandled classified information."
"The consequences for the safety of our nation are grave," he writes.
"Clinton's actions may have allowed our enemies to access intelligence vital to our national security," he notes, deriding her for using her private email server that was less secure than "a standard Gmail account."
Ryan also disagrees with FBI Director James Comey's assessment of Clinton and her staff as "extremely careless.
"Her actions do not seem careless at all," he writes. "In fact, Clinton's actions seem quite careful — careful to place her own interests before our national security."
Ryan also decries the suggestion from the FBI's probe that "Clinton may have lied to Congress and did lie to the American people about what she did."
"Given all this, the FBI's recommendation against criminal charges is puzzling, and I have asked Comey to release all of his findings," he said.
"As the presumptive Democratic nominee, Clinton is set to begin receiving classified intelligence briefings immediately following the Democratic National Convention this month," Ryan writes.
"The American people need to know what accountability Clinton will face — and what safeguards will be put in place to protect this information," he adds.
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