Trump Wants To Revoke Security Clearances Of Ex-Officials Who've Criticized Him

Donald Trump threatens to revoke security clearances of Comey, Brennan, Clapper

Paul later told Fox News that Trump might remove the security clearances of former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan, former FBI Director James Comey, and former Obama National Security Adviser Susan Rice, among others. Hayden said on CNN that Putin is able to manipulate Trump through Trump's ego.

He added: "Public officials should not use their security clearances to leverage speaking fees or network talking head fees". Rand Paul, who wrote on Twitter that he planned to ask about revoking Brennan's clearance when he met with Trump on Monday.

Both the CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which oversees all USA intelligence agencies, said they had no comment on the White House threat.

"This is what totalitarianism looks like", tweeted Sen.

Ms. Rice said Sunday on a talk show that she didn't know what Mr. Trump's motivations are for seeking a better relationship with Russian Federation, adding, "I think that's a legitimate question".

McCabe's spokeswoman criticized the move and the motives.

"It is absolutely unprecedented", said former FBI Special Agent Frank Montoya, who has extensive experience in counterintelligence matters.

Sanders would not say when the President would make this decision; she said only that the White House would provide updates when it had them.

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"You would think the White House would check with the Federal Bureau of Investigation before trying to throw shiny objects to the press corps", Schwartz said.

Further, as Ryan mentioned, some former officials listed by the White House apparently already lost their clearances upon leaving their posts.

Reached by phone, former Central Intelligence Agency and NSA director Michael Hayden had no comment on the White House's statement.

Paul tweeted later that he had sat down with Trump to talk about Brennan.

Democrats slammed Trump for the move, but Ryan suggested it shouldn't be taken too seriously.

Ryan has consistently stated that Putin is "not our ally" and believes Russian Federation did try to interfere with the 2016 election, but the Speaker does not believe Russia's meddling altered the course of the election.

"Brookings Institution legal analyst Benjamin Wittes, a Comey friend, tweeted that he texted with Comey and that the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director told him that he no longer has a security clearance and was "'read out' when he left government as per normal practice". "In this country, we don't punish people for exercising their First Amendment rights", referring to the constitutional provision protecting free speech.

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