Congress Moves to Strip Hillary’s Security Clearance
“If the FBI won’t recommend action based on its findings, Congress will.”
Sens. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and John Cornyn (R-TX) have presented a bill to strip Hillary Clinton and her aides of their security clearances after the FBI recommended she not face prosecution over her emails.
“The FBI’s investigation into Secretary Clinton’s personal email server confirmed what Americans across the country already know: Secretary Clinton recklessly accessed classified information on an insecure system–establishing a vulnerable and highly desirable target for foreign hackers,” Gardner said. “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.”
“Access to classified information is a tremendous responsibility, and should only be entrusted to those who will treat that information with the care it deserves,” Cornyn said. “When individuals mishandle our country’s most sensitive information they jeopardize national security and shouldn’t be trusted with such an important responsibility.”
The White House said it would not deny Clinton access since they have always given the Republican and Democrat nominees classified email briefings.
The TRUST Act would “prohibit any officer or employee of the Federal Government who has exercised extreme carelessness in the handling of classified information from being granted or retaining a security clearance.”
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan asked James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, to strip Clinton of her security clearances.
BREAKING: I formally asked the Director of National Intelligence to deny Sec. Clinton access to classified info. pic.twitter.com/Kk8t00cdJn
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 7, 2016
FBI Director James Comey recommended the Department of Justice not prosecute Clinton even though their investigation found she and her aides mishandled classified information. Comey claimed no prosecutor would take the case because of “no bad intent.”
The State Department also announced they would continue their investigation since the FBI concluded theirs. They began theirs when they found “22 emails from Clinton’s private server to be ‘top secret.'”
However, the State Department can only revoke security clearances if they find Clinton or her aides did anything wrong since they do not work for the department anymore.
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Of course as a proposed law, even if the Democrats let it through the senate, 0bama can veto it. Or he could sign it and then just authorize her briefings without a clearance, which is entirely in his power. And if she became president the whole issue of clearances would become irrelevant, because the president doesn’t need a clearance.
And if she became president the whole issue of clearances would become irrelevant
Not at all. She can receive classified material … but nobody who himself is cleared to handle such material can give it to her. They are responsible for keeping it secure. Who it can be given to, and even how and where it is kept or stored, are specified by law. They can’t leave it in unsecured locations (like, say, Hillary’s lawyer’s office) or share it with persons they know to be security risks (like, say, Hillary).
Comey made it fairly clear that just because Hillary is above the law, nobody else should assume that they are, too.
The entire classification system is under the president’s authority. That’s why “the president cannot leak”. If the president authorizes it then it’s not a leak. So if she orders and authorizes briefings for herself and her aides, then the briefers can and must provide them.
Which, I have to believe, is the entire point of introducing such a bill. It highlights clearly that electing Hillary Clinton will turn our entire system of classified information on it’s ear. She has proven herself to be an untrustworthy liar who will endanger our country. It will force people to acknowledge that the Dims are more interested in power than safety or our national interests. But then again, Dims don’t give a shit about such things, as evidenced by Clinton’s poll numbers.
This is just to give the appearance of the Republicans doing something. You know, and I know, that this bill will go to a committee and be forgotten. The Republican leadership has never stood by any fight with either Obama or Hillary.
If they get it onto the floor of the Senate for debate, and if it is not blocked by a Republican-aided filibuster, then I will listen.
There are no “Republican-aided filibusters”. The Democrats have the numbers to filibuster on their own, and need no Repblican help. The only way the Rs could stop them would be to abolish the filibuster altogether, which would hit them as soon as they lose the senate, which may well happen in January.
That’s exactly what happened to the bill to impeach Koskinen. It was ntroduced by Chaffetz last october, and still languishing in committee. Ryan won’t move it forward. It’s all for show.
Electing Cornyn to the senate was he only way we could get him out of Texas. It might not have been such a good idea.
Clinton part deux. The State secrets are already in the wild.
Best laugh I have had all day.