Ryan tweet on classified info resurfaces after bombshell Trump report

Greg Nash

A 2016 tweet from House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) about being “careless” with classified data resurfaced on Monday afternoon soon after a report claiming that President Trump revealed highly classified information to top Russian officials.

“Individuals who are ‘extremely careless’ with classified information should be denied further access to such info,” Ryan tweeted in July, referring to former FBI Director James Comey’s statement on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s handling of sensitive information.

{mosads}The tweet was reposted by social media users, including many lawmakers, after The Washington Post reported that Trump divulged information from a foreign intelligence source with expertise on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria to Russia’s foreign minister and ambassador during their Oval Office meeting last week.

Citing current and former U.S. officials, the Post reported that Trump disclosed more information than the U.S. had shared even with its allies. 

Ryan’s 2016 tweet followed his call for then-Democratic presidential nominee Clinton to no longer receive classified information as a candidate.

In an op-ed published in The Washington Post the same month, Ryan said Clinton’s briefings should be suspended but noted that she could continue to get briefings if she became president.

“If she is elected, those briefings can resume, allowing her more than two months to be fully briefed before she is sworn in as president,” Ryan wrote. “Until that time, given Clinton’s record of extraordinary lack of discretion and judgment, the risk is just too great.”

Comey, whom Trump fired last week, criticized Clinton and her staff for being “extremely careless” over her use of a private email server for State Department business.

Several lawmakers and members of the media reposted or retweeted Ryan’s message.

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