Trump mulls revoking security clearances of Comey, Brennan, Clapper

Source: Washington Examiner | July 23, 2018 | Gabby Morrongiello

President Trump is considering revoking the security clearances of several former intelligence and national security officials who have been critical of his administration, the White House said Monday.

“Not only is the president looking to take away [Former CIA Director John] Brennan’s security clearance, he’s also looking into the clearances of Comey, Clapper, Hayden, Rice and McCabe,” press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters.

Sanders was referring to five officials who served under the Obama administration: former FBI Director James Comey, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden, former national security adviser Susan Rice, and former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

The White House accused those individuals of having “politicized and monetized” their access to U.S. intelligence and national security secrets.

“As of write now, we are exploring the mechanism on those specific names,” Sanders said.

Sanders rejected the idea that Trump was considering the move as a way to punish his political enemies, and said the issue was how people with a security clearance were abusing that privilege.

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    No one, once they leave office, should still have security clearance. There is no reason for it and with all these people having clearance, there is too much risk sensitive information could fall into the wrong hands. If any of these people come back to government service, then they should reapply for clearance.

    That all said — it’s rather petty to revoke clearances just because you don’t like what the owners of those clearances are saying about you. Trump is such a big baby.

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