Trump Considering Revoking ex-Obama Officials’ Clearance

Trump Considering Revoking ex-Obama Officials’ Clearance

July 23, 2018, 3:10 PM

Trump Considering Revoking ex-Obama Officials' Clearance

FILE - President Donald Trump speaks during his meeting with members of his cabinet in Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, July 18, 2018.
FILE – President Donald Trump speaks during his meeting with members of his cabinet in Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, July 18, 2018.

WASHINGTON —

President Donald Trump is considering revoking the security clearances of a half dozen former Obama administration officials and critics of his presidency.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday that the president is "exploring the mechanisms" to strip clearance from former CIA director John Brennan, along with former FBI director Jim Comey, former national intelligence director James Clapper and others.

FILE - CIA Director John Brennan appears at a House Intelligence Committee hearing on world wide threats on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 25, 2016.
FILE – CIA Director John Brennan appears at a House Intelligence Committee hearing on world wide threats on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 25, 2016.

Sanders is accusing the officials of having "politicized and in some cases monetized their public service and security clearances" as well as "making baseless accusations" against the president.
Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky tweeted earlier Monday that he was planning to raise the issue of revoking Brennan's clearance at a meeting with Trump.
Brennan last week described Trump's press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin as "nothing short of treasonous."

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