A 2016 tweet from House Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanCongressional Republicans should stop playing games and reduce federal spending Lone GOP outside group offers cover for GOP healthcare vote House GOP not sold on Ryan’s tax reform plan MORE 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,” the Wisconsin Republican tweeted in July, referring to former FBI Director James Comey’s on statement that Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump’s on the hot seat now — can he handle the heat? Healthcare has long been campaigning in slogan, but governing in policy prose Trump: I have ‘absolute right’ to share facts with Russia MORE’s handling of sensitive information.
Individuals who are “extremely careless” with classified information should be denied further access to such info. pic.twitter.com/0C76Ae95LD
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) July 7, 2016
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 the Russian 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 candidate 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 while secretary of State.
Several lawmakers and members of the media reposted or retweeted Ryan’s message.
— Rep. Mark PocanMark PocanHopes of bipartisanship fade amid Comey chaos Ryan tweet on classified info resurfaces after bombshell Trump report THE MEMO: Trump deals with gravest crisis yet MORE (@repmarkpocan) May 15, 2017
— Senator Bob CaseyBob CaseyRyan tweet on classified info resurfaces after bombshell Trump report Grassley rips ‘Nixonian’ talk about Comey firing: ‘Suck it up and move on’ The Memo: Trump ignites firestorm MORE (@SenBobCasey) May 15, 2017
Just going to leave this here… https://t.co/Zvi12xH9G0
— American Oversight (@weareoversight) May 15, 2017
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) May 15, 2017
In July 2016. In May 2017…? https://t.co/NmyhAxinFw
— Carl Zimmer (@carlzimmer) May 15, 2017
HI PAUL https://t.co/q7XgxiR2Yc
— Jonathan M. Katz (@KatzOnEarth) May 15, 2017