President Donald Trump is investigating whether to revoke the security clearances of six former Obama administration security officials “because they’ve politicized and in some cases monetized their clearances,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday.
Sanders said the clearances under review are of these former Obama administration officials: CIA Directors John Brennan and Michael Hayden; Director of National Intelligence James Clapper; National Security Adviser Susan Rice; FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired last year, and his former No. 2, Andrew McCabe, was fired earlier this year by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The press secretary listed the names in response to a question by Newsmax White House correspondent John Gizzi, who asked about calls for Brennan’s revocation earlier Monday by Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.
“The president is exploring the mechanisms to remove the security clearances because they’ve politicized and in some cases monetized their clearances,” Sanders said at the daily briefing at the White House. “Making accusations of improper contact with Russia.
“It’s extremely inappropriate — and the fact that people with security clearances are making baseless charges provides inappropriate legitimacy to accusations with zero evidence.”
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