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Ryan tweet on classified info resurfaces after bombshell Trump report

The Hill logo The Hill 5/15/2017 Paulina Firozi
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A 2016 tweet from House Speaker Paul Ryan 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 Clinton's handling of sensitive information.

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.

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.

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