Intelligence director answers formal request to strip Hillary Clinton of security clearance

Despite a request to the contrary from House Speaker Paul Ryan, James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, said that he will provide Hillary Clinton with security briefings after she has been formally nominated as president at the Democratic National Convention.

The Wisconsin Republican made the request following and as the result of FBI Director James Comey’s report that Clinton’s handling of classified information while serving as secretary of state was exceedingly sloppy.

“Nominees for president and vice president receive these classified briefings by virtue of their status as candidates, and do not require separate security clearances before the briefings,” Clapper wrote to Ryan, according to CNN. “Briefings for the candidates will be provided on an even-handed non-partisan basis.”

Accordingly, Clapper does “not intend to withhold briefings from any officially nominated, eligible candidate,” he concluded.

“Candidates are advised of the classified nature of the material, and operational and policy matters are not addressed.”

Security briefings normally commence after the conventions, which will occur this month for both major parties. They are intended to aid in the nominees’ transition into office if elected.

Ryan made his formal request to Clapper last Thursday.

Clapper’s denial of Ryan’s request was viewed as business as usual for the Clintons.

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