Published: Thu, July 26, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Trump wants to strip security clearances from Obama intel officials

Trump wants to strip security clearances from Obama intel officials

"I don't have any particular advice to give the president", McConnell said Tuesday. "But now he's a talking head on the outside, saying that basically President Trump should be executed - that's what we do for treason". "This is something that's in the purview of the Executive Branch".

Clapper told CNN that his security clearance "has nothing to do with how I or any of us feel about the president".

The leaders have served in both Democratic and Republican administrations, including Trump's.

Comey and McCabe reportedly have said they no longer have clearances, while the others have dismissed the threat and pledged to keep speaking out.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, "They've politicized and in some cases monetized their public service and their security clearances".

Asked if Trump was punishing the former officials due to their criticism, Sanders said, "No, I think you are creating your own story there".

Trump later claimed he "misspoke" during the meeting, and Sanders on Monday claimed the president stands by the intelligence community's assessment on Russian election interference, which explicitly states the operation was directed by Putin.

Sanders made her announcement after Republican Sen.

And a friend of Comey, Benjamin Wittes, tweeted Monday afternoon that he texted the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, who told him he doesn't have a security clearance to revoke.

"Before he became their favorite Trump-basher, Democrats despised Brennan".

But, he added, the move "could create a chill that would be bad for policy development". He would have preferred a more general revocation of credentials from former officials, rather than a specific list. "I think some of these people have already lost their clearances".

The government can shut off or take away clearances for people who are suspected of being security risks, or are at risk of being compromised, or who are involved with alleged criminal activity.

Former intelligence officials have no "vested right" to maintain their security clearances, and in the case of former CIA Director John Brennan, having access to information that could be leaked is risky, Rep. Pete King said Tuesday.

"An enemies list is ugly, undemocratic and un-American", he added.

Many former USA officials retain their security clearances after they leave government service because they continue to advise their former agencies or because it is a condition of employment as government contractors or consultants.

"He's cheapening the sanctity of the security clearance process that had been by and large a non-political concept when it comes to access to classified information", Moss said.

Ryan added that he's comfortable with Putin coming to the United States if a message is delivered that Russian Federation needs to stop interfering in US elections.

Brennan tweeted that the president's comments were "nothing short of treasonous". "He didn't want to see any classified material lest the president accuse him of leaking it".

"Mr. Brennan and Mr. Clapper are supposed to be national security professionals and they haven't been acting like it", Kennedy said.

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