House Speaker Paul Ryan this morning will formally ask the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to deny Secretary Clinton access to classified information. Both nominees begin to receive classified briefings after their nominating conventions.
In a letter to Clapper being sent today, Ryan is to "refrain from providing any classified information" to Clinton "for the duration of her candidacy for president" in the wake of the FBI's findings that Clinton was "extremely careless" in handing classified information as Secretary of State.
More from the Ryan letter: "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 with access to this information despite the FBI's findings. I firmly believe this is necessary to reassure the public that our nation's secrets are secure."