Trump considering revoking clearance for ex-Obama…

Trump weighs pulling security clearance of former top intelligence officials who have been critical

Trump considering revoking security clearances of critical ex-officials

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

The leaders have served in both Democratic and Republican administrations, including Trump's.

Ms Sanders said Mr Trump was "exploring the mechanisms" to remove the security clearances because she said those officials have "politicised and in some cases monetised their public service and security clearances, making baseless accusations of improper contact with Russian Federation or being influenced by Russia".

Wallace noted that a former senior intelligence official told her the threat was a "watershed moment" in Trump's presidency, saying that using security clearance revocations as punishment for using their free speech crosses a line.

Sanders said the officials were making "baseless accusations" of improper contact with Russian Federation against the president.

Trump weighs pulling security clearance of former top intelligence officials who have been critical
Trump wants to revoke security clearances of former officials who criticize him, White House says

Sanders said there's no specific timeline for carrying out these measures. While standing next to Putin, Trump had openly questioned his own intelligence agencies' conclusions that Moscow was to blame for meddling in the 2016 USA election to help Trump and seemed to accept Putin's insistence that Russia's hands were clean.

"If I have any complaint about what Sarah Sanders said today that the president thinks he's going to do in terms of these people, it's [that] he's not going far enough", Gingrich insisted.

They include former FBI Director James Comey, whom the president fired.

"An enemies list is ugly, undemocratic and un-American".

"I think he's trolling people, honestly", Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters on Capitol Hill Tuesday. "There's a real danger that they might inadvertently reveal classified information, and you know John Brennan's got a history of this".

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In an unprecedented move, the president is considering revoking their security clearances, making them ineligible for access to the nation's closely held secrets.

Standing beside Putin, Trump did little to counter the Russian leader's denials and show support for the United States intelligence community's findings that Russia meddled in the election.

Trump later clarified that he "stood with" us intelligence agencies and that his remarks at a joint press conference with Putin were misquoted.

The White House says Brennan and the others are using their security clearances for political and personal gain.

"It certainly has shadows of some of the worst abuses of the Nixon administration", said Stephen Vladeck, a law professor and national security expert at the University of Texas School of Law who describes himself as a progressive.

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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", she wrote.

When they leave government, national security officials routinely maintain their security clearances, partly to consult with those who replace them about ongoing situations or issues. "He didn't want to see any classified material lest the president accuse him of leaking it". "Trump is 100 percent right to be skeptical of Brennan and to call him out on his misinformation campaign".

She claimed that the officials are "politicizing" government agencies and "monetizing" their political offices.

And while not having a clearance may keep individuals from engaging in some consulting work, it does not prevent them from speaking publicly or taking other jobs including media analysis.

Clapper said in a TV interview that the security clearance was a "courtesy" for former intelligence officials. "That's something we reserve for allies", Ryan said.

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