Trump wants to strip security clearances from Obama intel officials


Mr. Clapper, a frequent critic of the president, raised questions last August on CNN about Mr. Trump's "ability to be-his fitness to be-in this office".

Hayden, after being nominated by President George W. Bush, served as CIA Director from 2006 to 2009, and McCabe served as Deputy FBI Director from 2016 to 2018. Rice was former President Barack Obama's national security adviser. John Cornyn of Texas, said Monday that he can understand Trump's aggravation at some former officials who "have obviously donned the uniform of the opposition team". "Public officials should not use their security clearances to leverage speaking fees or network talking head fees", he tweeted. Stripping the clearances also represents a public rebuke of the officials and severs a connection with the intelligence community.

"It was nothing short of treasonous", Brennan tweeted. "And making baseless accusations of improper relationship with Russian Federation is inappropriate".

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Military experts have long warned that Iran could use such militias to attack USA troops in places such as Iraq and Syria. He also said the government has "heartlessly repressed its own peoples human rights, dignity and fundamental freedoms".

Democrats immediately criticized the move as an attempt to punish former officials for leveling criticism at Trump.

Paul, the maverick Kentucky Republican, poses a potential problem for Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh because he's signaled doubts about his commitment to protecting privacy rights. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) calls for Trump to remove Brennan's security clearance. "The security clearance has nothing to do with how I or any others feel about the president and I don't get briefings, I don't have access to any classified information. I want to see what the results are". "And it's an abuse of the system".

Hayden responded on Monday (Tuesday NZT) via Twitter to Sanders' comments, saying a revocation wouldn't "have any effect on what I say or write".

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And Melissa Schwartz, a spokesman for McCabe, tweeted that his security clearance had already been deactivated when he was terminated, "according to what we were told was Federal Bureau of Investigation policy".

"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.

The president doesn't like that they are "politicizing" the agencies.

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"This is what totalitarianism looks like", tweeted Sen. He said on CBS this spring of Mr. Trump, "We've had presidents who disagree with us; we've had presidents who lie".