Paul Ryan came out swinging this week against rival Hillary Clinton, demanding that presidential candidate be stripped of any access to classified information in light of her email server scandal.
The House Speaker formally requested to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper that Clinton be denied admission "for the duration of her candidacy for president," CNN reported.
In the letter sent on Thursday Ryan wrote, "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."
Ryan said if Clapper rejects his request, he would pursue an explanation, especially after the FBI found Clinton’s handling of her email server to be "extremely careless."
"Given the FBI’s findings," Ryan wrote, "denying Secretary Clinton access to classified information certainly constitutes appropriate sanctions."
Ryan insisted that prohibiting access to Clinton would help keep the country 's confidential information protected. "I firmly believe this is necessary to reassure the public that our nation’s secrets are secure," he added.
Yesterday, FBI director James Comey was forced to defend his decision not to prosecute Clinton in a congressional hearing. Comey reiterated that Clinton was extremely careless, but said he couldn’t prove there was criminal intent behind her actions. "She was negligent. That I can establish," Comey said.
Still, Ryan and many other Republicans aren't satisfied. Ryan also sent Comey a letter asking that he release "all of the unclassified findings from the agency’s investigation into Clinton," Fox News reported.