Remember Donald Trump’s reaction to the FBI’s refusal to charge Hillary Clinton? “The system is rigged.” It’s hard to escape that conclusion when you hear the following news: National Intelligence Director James Clapper has rejected calls to prevent Clinton from receiving highly sensitive security briefings.
It all started when Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan urged intelligence agencies to refuse Clinton this courtesy, which is traditionally extended to presidential candidates of both parties once they’re assured of the nomination. Since the FBI itself cited Clinton’s “extreme carelessness” regarding the classified documents she’d been entrusted with as Secretary of State, Ryan’s plea certainly had a sound basis.
However, as Conservative Tribune reports, Clapper responded:
“Nominees for president and vice president receive these briefings by virtue of their status as candidates, and do not require separate security clearances before the briefings. Briefings for the candidates will be provided on an even-handed non-partisan basis.”
In other words, this is the way we’ve always done it. It makes the whole idea of “security clearances” a bit of a joke. Apparently, once any individual reaches a certain level of power, they automatically receive that designation. But shouldn’t the requirements for security clearances increase rather than decrease the closer you get to the Oval Office?
Once again, it’s obvious that there are separate sets of rules in America, and the powerful are treated differently.
Source: Conservative Tribune