President Trump has threatened to revoke security clearance from top Obama administration officials who have been spreading lies about the alleged Trump campaign collusion with Russia.
On the list for revoking security clearances are former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former CIA Director John Brennan, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and former Director of National Security James Clapper.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said: “The president is exploring these mechanisms to remove their security clearance because they’ve politicized and in some cases actually monetized their public service security clearances, and making baseless accusations of improper contact with Russia or being influenced by Russia against the president is extremely inappropriate.”
She went on to say it was “extremely inappropriate” for those former officials to use their top-level security clearance to promote “false accusations” about the president and his campaign’s ties to Moscow spies.
Sanders finished off by saying “The president contends that the fact that people with security clearances are making these baseless charges provides inappropriate legitimacy to accusations with zero evidence,”
Mr. Clapper responded on CNN saying:
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says President Trump's consideration of revoking his and several other former national security officials' security clearances is a "very, very petty thing to do." https://t.co/qRI67j4HVM pic.twitter.com/C2UjME4xFp
— CNN (@CNN) July 23, 2018
McCabe spokeswoman Melissa Schwartz said on Twitter:
Andrew McCabe's security clearance was deactivated when he was terminated, according to what we were told was FBI policy. You would think the White House would check with the FBI before trying to throw shiny objects to the press corps… https://t.co/ZOKJDChpeP
— Melissa Schwartz (@MSchwartz3) July 23, 2018
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