Congressional Representative from Janesville and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI 1st) is requesting that Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s classified briefings be suspended after the FBI informed Congress it is re-opening its investigation into her use of a private email server to send classified material, a stunning development 11 days ahead of the election.
After recommending earlier this year that the Department of Justice not press charges against the former secretary of state, FBI Chief James Comey said in a letter to eight congressional committee chairmen that “recent developments” urged him to take another look.
“In connection with an unrelated case, the FBI has learned of the existence of emails that appear pertinent to the investigation,” Comey wrote the chairmen. “I am writing to inform you that the investigative team briefed me on this yesterday, and I agreed that the FBI should take appropriate investigative steps designed to allow investigators to review these emails to determine whether they contain classified information, as well as to assess their importance to our investigation.”
Comey said that he was not sure how long the additional review would take and said the FBI “cannot yet assess whether or not this material may be significant.”
Law enforcement sources say the newly discovered emails are not related to WikiLeaks or the Clinton Foundation. They would not describe in further detail the content of the emails. It’s also unclear whether the emails in question are from Clinton herself.
In response, Ryan issued the following statement.
“Yet again, Hillary Clinton has nobody but herself to blame’ She was entrusted with some of our nation’s most important secrets, and she betrayed that trust by carelessly mishandling highly classified information. This decision, long overdue, is the result of her 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 can be resolved.”