WASHINGTON ― In response to the FBI’s announcement that it is reviewing emails related to its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private server, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) renewed his call Friday for James Clapper, the U.S. director of national intelligence, to suspend briefings for the Democratic nominee.
“Yet again, Hillary Clinton has nobody but herself to blame,” Ryan said in a statement. “She was entrusted with some of our nation’s most important secrets, and she betrayed that trust by carelessly mishandling highly classified information.”
Ryan said the FBI’s decision was “long overdue,” given what he called Clinton’s “reckless use of a private email server, and her refusal to be forthcoming with federal investigators.”
“I renew my call for the Director of National Intelligence to suspend all classified briefings for Secretary Clinton until this matter is fully resolved,” Ryan said.
Ryan had technically never stopped calling on Clapper to suspend Clinton’s briefings, but he saw fit to reaffirm that call after FBI Director James Comey offered a vague announcement Friday that his agency is looking at new emails tied to the investigation of Clinton.
“In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear to be pertinent to the investigation,” Comey wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committee, adding that he thought the FBI should take “appropriate investigative steps” to review these emails and determine whether they contain classified information.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this article misstated that the FBI had “reopened” its case. In fact, the FBI stated that it is reviewing emails in an “unrelated case.”