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Ryan Says Clinton Shouldn't Get Campaign Intel Briefings

House speaker says FBI rebuke makes Clinton ineligible for presidency

Asked if Hillary Clinton got preferential treatment by federal agents, Speaker Paul D. Ryan said, "It sure looks like it to me" (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

While House Speaker Paul D. Ryan still has questions about the FBI investigation that found presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton mishandled sensitive information during her time as secretary of state, one thing is crystal clear to him: Clinton’s carelessness undermines her ability to lead.  

The Wisconsin Republican on Wednesday told reporters that the director of national intelligence should deny Clinton access to classified information moving forward, adding that House leaders will also look into whether they can take action on that.  

FBI Director James B. Comey on Tuesday issued a report chastising the former first lady for being “extremely careless” in her handling of information relayed across a private email server, but stopped short of pursuing any form of prosecution.  

[ FBI Will Not Recommend Charges Against Clinton ] “While we need more information about how the bureau came to this recommendation, the American people will reject this troubling pattern of dishonesty and poor judgment,” Ryan said in a statement .  

His other takeaway from the investigation: The FBI’s findings should disqualify Clinton from the presidential race.  

[FBI Chief to Testify on Hill Thursday] Pressed about whether Clinton might have received preferential treatment by federal agents, Ryan echoed the “system is rigged” sentiments presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump expressed on social media.  

“I’ll let everybody be the judge of that. It looks like it to me,” Ryan said.  

Asked about Ryan's comments, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that decision should be made by intelligence community professionals. He said the same months ago about likely GOP nominee Donald Trump.  

Still, he noted there is a "long history" of both parties' nominees receiving such briefings, adding that intelligence officials have said those should begin for both nominees after the party conventions.  

John T. Bennett contributed. Contact Rojas at warrenrojas@rollcall.com and follow him on Twitter at @WARojas

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