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Senate bill would revoke Clinton's security clearance

Senate bill would revoke Clinton's security clearance
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Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynSenate GOP signal they won't filibuster debate of hate crimes bill Application portal for venue grants down for five days with no updates Democrats work to pick up GOP support on anti-Asian hate crimes bill MORE (R-Texas) and Sen. Cory GardnerCory GardnerBiden administration reverses Trump changes it says 'undermined' conservation program Gardner to lead new GOP super PAC ahead of midterms OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court rules against fast-track of Trump EPA's 'secret science' rule | Bureau of Land Management exodus: Agency lost 87 percent of staff in Trump HQ relocation | GM commits to electric light duty fleet by 2035 MORE (R-Colo.) on Thursday introduced a bill to strip Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhy does Bernie Sanders want to quash Elon Musk's dreams? Republican legislators target private sector election grants How Democrats can defy the odds in 2022 MORE of her security clearance, joining a growing chorus of Republican lawmakers who say she is unfit to handle classified information.

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“When individuals mishandle our country’s most sensitive information they jeopardize national security and shouldn’t be trusted with such an important responsibility,” Cornyn said in a press release.

The bill comes two days after FBI Director James Comey ripped Clinton's recklessness in using a private email server when she served as secretary of State. Comey did not recommend criminal charges against Clinton. 

Republicans in Congress have seized on revoking Clinton's security clearances as one line of attack against the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. They are also pressing for the release of transcripts of the FBI's interview with Clinton. 

The GOP bill would not only revoke Clinton's security credentials but also those of some of her closest aides. 

“If the FBI won’t recommend action based on its findings, Congress will. At the very least, Secretary Clinton should not have access to classified information and our bill makes sure of it,” Gardner said in a statement.

House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump faces test of power with early endorsements Lobbying world Boehner throws support behind Republican who backed Trump impeachment MORE (R-Wis.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyHolder, Yates lead letter backing Biden pick for Civil Rights Division at DOJ Number of migrants detained at southern border reaches 15-year high: reports Grassley, Cornyn push for Senate border hearing MORE (R-Iowa) have also called for the security clearances to be revoked. Ryan wrote a letter to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper making his request formal on Thursday.

Comey himself seemed to suggest that Clinton and her aides could be subject to administrative punishment, but the precise meaning of his statement remains a topic of fierce debate.

“To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences,” said Comey, who did not mince words in his summary of the investigation’s findings on Tuesday.

“To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now,” he said.

The Gardner-Cornyn bill is titled the Taking Responsibility Using Secured Technologies Act.