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In a press conference on Wednesday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that President Donald Trump is revoking security clearance of former CIA director, John Brennan, and is reviewing clearances of other former officials.
Sanders claimed the decision was due to Brennan's “lying” and “increasingly frenzied activity.”
“Any benefits that senior officials might gleam with consultations with Mr. Brennan are now outweighed by the risks posed by his erratic conduct and behavior. Second, that conduct behavior has tested and far exceeded the limits of any professional curtsey that may have been due to him. Mr. Brennan has a history that calls into question his objectivity and credibility.”
Watch the announcement here:
— CNN (@CNN) August 15, 2018
Sanders announced that the security clearances of the following former officials are under review. All but one listed have been shamed on Twitter by Trump:
James Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence:
James Clapper, who famously got caught lying to Congress, is now an authority on Donald Trump. Will he show you his beautiful letter to me?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 24, 2017
James Comey, a former FBI director fired by Trump:
Slippery James Comey, a man who always ends up badly and out of whack (he is not smart!), will go down as the WORST FBI Director in history, by far!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2018
Sally Yates, a former Deputy Attorney General:
“Sally Yates is part of concerns people have raised about bias in the Justice Dept. I find her actions to be really quite unbelievable.” Jonathan Turley
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 28, 2018
Susan Rice, a former National Security Adviser:
Susan Rice, the former National Security Advisor to President Obama, is refusing to testify before a Senate Subcommittee next week on.....
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 4, 2017
Andrew McCabe, a former deputy director of the FBI:
Andrew McCabe FIRED, a great day for the hard working men and women of the FBI - A great day for Democracy. Sanctimonious James Comey was his boss and made McCabe look like a choirboy. He knew all about the lies and corruption going on at the highest levels of the FBI!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 17, 2018
Peter Strzok, a recently fired FBI agent:
Why was the FBI’s sick loser, Peter Strzok, working on the totally discredited Mueller team of 13 Angry & Conflicted Democrats, when Strzok was giving Crooked Hillary a free pass yet telling his lover, lawyer Lisa Page, that “we’ll stop” Trump from becoming President? Witch Hunt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2018
Lisa Page, a former FBI lawyer:
Lisa Page, who may hold the record for the most Emails in the shortest period of time (to her Lover, Peter S), and attorney Baker, are out at the FBI as part of the Probers getting caught? Why is Peter S still there? What a total mess. Our Country has to get back to Business!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2018
Bruce Ohr, a former associate deputy attorney general:
Bruce Ohr of the “Justice” Department (can you believe he is still there) is accused of helping disgraced Christopher Steele “find dirt on Trump.” Ohr’s wife, Nelly, was in on the act big time - worked for Fusion GPS on Fake Dossier. @foxandfriends
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2018
Michael Hayden, a former Director of the National Security Agency and the one person on the list the president hasn't tweeted about. However, Hayden has been a public critic of Trump.
Brennan and the nine other individuals named have all been critics of Trump in some way. Brennan has specifically called out the president multiple times on Twitter, as recently as Tuesday:
It’s astounding how often you fail to live up to minimum standards of decency, civility, & probity. Seems like you will never understand what it means to be president, nor what it takes to be a good, decent, & honest person. So disheartening, so dangerous for our Nation. https://t.co/eI9HaCec1m
— John O. Brennan (@JohnBrennan) August 14, 2018
Journalists in the White House press room noticed a pattern among the former officials listed, and asked the press secretary if the president was using threats of revoking clearances as a way to go after political opponents.
“No,” Sanders responded. But she didn't deny the classification of the former officials as political opponents. “If there were others that weren't, that we deemed necessary, we would certainly take a look and review those as well.”
According to CNN, Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats, was not consulted in the decision to revoke the security clearance of Brennan.