Trump targets Obama-era critics’ security clearances

Trump targets Obama-era critics’ security clearances

President Donald Trump is said to be considering revoking security clearance for ex-CIA boss

John Brennan and other Obama-era critics of him.

The White House named six former intelligence, law enforcement and national security chiefs.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders said they had “politicised and in some cases monetised their

public service” to make “baseless accusations” about Mr Trump.

She denied a reporter’s suggestion that the president wanted to punish the former

The press secretary said Mr Trump “doesn’t like the fact that people are politicising agencies and

She said security clearance “provides inappropriate legitimacy to accusations with zero evidence”.

Mr Clapper told CNN the plan was “a very, very petty thing to do”.

He said it would be “a terrible precedent and a very sad commentary. And it’s an abuse of the system.”

“The reality is he’s such an erratic President that you could see him dropping bombs on Iran
or you could see him trying to build hotels in Iran,” said Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran
expert at the Carnegie Endowment.

Donald Trump’s brawl with members of the intelligence community continues apace.

The threat to revoke security clearances of a handful of former government officials who

Never mind that some of those named insist they have no access to revoke. And never mind

condemnations of the president.

Mr Trump’s supporters love and cast doubt on the authority and morality of highly visible

Trump detractors.

the Russia story or recorded conversations about former Playboy models.

 

The White House named six former intelligence, law enforcement and national security chiefs.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders said they had “politicised and in some cases monetised

their public service” to make “baseless accusations” about Mr Trump.

James Comey, former FBI director
Andrew McCabe, former FBI deputy director
James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence
Susan Rice, former National Security Adviser
Michael Hayden, former National Security Agency director

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