Ryan says Clinton should not receive classified briefings as Democratic nominee

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House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said late Tuesday that the Director of National Intelligence should "block" Hillary Clinton from receiving classified briefings after the Democratic National Convention.

In an interview with Fox News' Megyn Kelly, Ryan recalled receiving weekly CIA briefings as Mitt Romney's running mate in 2012 and said Clinton should not be given such information "given how recklessly she handled this."

"She grossly was negligent, she mishandled classified information and now she wants to be commander-in-chief," Ryan said.

Ryan said FBI Director James Comey's decision not to pursue charges against Clinton for mishandling classified information while secretary of state was "one of the reasons why people are dissatisified about government" and "certainly does underscore the belief that the Clintons live above the law," Ryan said.

The Speaker added that Comey's statement on Tuesday morning "shredded the things [Clinton] had been saying all year long in her defense" and called on the FBI to release its full findings in the case.

Referring to Comey's announcement, Ryan said the FBI director "spent a number of minutes walking through how she mishandled classified information, only then he recommended against prosecution."

"People have been convicted for far less."