Trump Threatens to Remove Clearances in the Name of Security, But All Listed Are Outspoken Opponents

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:

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 Comey, a former FBI director fired by Trump:

Sally Yates, a former Deputy Attorney General:

Susan Rice, a former National Security Adviser:

Andrew McCabe, a former deputy director of the FBI:

Peter Strzok, a recently fired FBI agent:

Lisa Page, a former FBI lawyer: 

Bruce Ohr, a former associate deputy attorney general:

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:

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. 

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