Paul Ryan's Attempt to Block Clinton From Receiving Classified Briefings Thwarted

Does anybody, at this point, still cling to any hope that a Clinton will ever be held accountable for their misdeeds?

It still feels like the fix is in, and House Speaker Paul Ryan’s request to have Hillary Clinton’s access to classified briefings denied during her candidacy has been stymied by the director of National Intelligence.

Ryan made the formal request several days ago, citing the fact that, though the FBI did not recommend charges against Clinton, agency director James Comey said the former secretary of state was “extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.” So in his letter for Intel Chief James Clapper, the speaker requested she be denied access to classified information “for the duration of her candidacy.”

“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,” the letter read. “I firmly believe this is necessary to reassure the public that our nation’s secrets are secure.”

Receiving these daily briefings is a privilege afforded to all presidential nominees. James Clapper is apparently unmoved by the revelations of the FBI investigation, which showed, undeniably, that Clinton is either incapable or unwilling to keep sensitive materials secure.

This comes the same day Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) officially filed a request for the U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia to launch an investigation into whether Clinton committed perjury before Congress.

In a letter, the House Republicans wrote that claims Clinton made under oath about her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of state seem to “directly contradict” what the FBI’s investigation revealed.

Last October, Clinton claimed she never sent or received any information marked classified at the time. However, the FBI’s findings showed there were 110 emails marked classified “at the time” and eight emails that contained “top secret” content. In addition, Comey concluded that it is possible hostile actors gained access to the candidate’s private server.

What Clapper has done is the equivalent of leaving the fox in charge of the hen house, even after chickens have gone missing, the fox is caught with feathers in his mouth, and saying, “Sure, he ate those chickens once, but he’s probably full now and the remaining chickens should be safe.”