Trump looks to strip security clearance from 6 former Obama officials

Blanche Robertson
July 23, 2018

Sen. Rand Paul said he's meeting with President Donald Trump Monday and plans to ask him to block access to sensitive information by a former top USA intelligence official who's been fiercely critical of the White House.

Brennan, who was involved in the assessments of Russian interference, now serves as a senior national security and intelligence analyst for NBC News and MSNBC and often makes critical comments about Trump.

Sanders accused the former officials of "monetizing" thier security clearances and using them to play poltiics. Comey and McCabe are the only two who also worked under the Trump administration before being fired.

Trump is seeking to take away access to sensitive material for former CIA director John Brennen, former FBI Director James Comey, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former NSA Director Michael Hayden and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Sanders told reporters.

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

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"It's kind of a sad commentary where for political reasons this is kind of a petty way for retribution for spekaing out against the president, which on the part of all of us are borne out of genuine concerns about President Trump", he said.

"The fact that people with security clearances are making these baseless charges provides inappropriate legitimacy to accusations with zero evidence", she said.

Mrs Sanders said that "accusing the president of the United States of treasonous activity. when you have the nation's deepest, most sacred secrets at your hands" was something that made Mr Trump "very concerned". Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) calls for Trump to remove Brennan's security clearance.

Brennan last week described Trump's press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin as "nothing short of treasonous".

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