Ryan: Congress Will 'Look Into' Whether It Can Deny Clinton Access to Classified Information

By Emily Blatter | July 6, 2016 | 1:15pm EDT

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)


(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said at his press conference on Wednesday that Congress will “look into” whether Congress can deny former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton access to classified information, if she becomes the presidential nominee, saying, “it’s the least we can do.”

“Do you think that, in regards to the classified briefings, is there anything Congress can do to deny her classified information?” a reporter asked the speaker on Wednesday.

“We’re looking into that--I think, I don’t know the answer to that question, whether it’s something Congress can do,” Ryan said.

“I’ve just got to say, from my own experience, you get access to deeply classified material once you leave the convention as the nominee, on a regular basis,” he said.  “It’s part of a transition government.”

“With no indictment occurring, but a discussion or a call for administrative action, I think it’s the least we can do, given how she was so reckless in handling classified material and sending classified information on unsecure servers,” said the speaker.

“So look, I think that’s something the administration should do on its own, but we’ll look into seeing if that’s something we can do as well,” Speaker Ryan concluded.

“And a special prosecutor? Is that necessary here?” asked another press representative.

“We’re not going to foreclose any option,” Speaker Ryan replied.

Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for sending classified information on private email servers and jeopardizing national security. FBI director James Comey recommended that no charges be brought against the former Secretary of State on Tuesday.

MRC Store