Trump considering revoking ex-Obama officials' security clearance

President Donald Trump shakes hands with James Comey director of the FBI during an Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House on Jan. 22 2017

Sanders said Trump is also examining the cases of former National Security Agency director Michael Hayden, former national security adviser Susan Rice and former Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director Andrew McCabe, who was dismissed by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in March before the release of an inspector general report that criticised his conduct.

"Not only is the President looking to take away Brennan's security clearance, he's also looking into the clearances of Comey, Clapper, Hayden, Rice and McCabe".

Former Deputy State Department spokesperson Adam Ereli said Monday that revoking the security clearances of multiple top Obama-era officials would "ring alarm bells" in Washington.

James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, was among those who Sanders mentioned a potential target of the revocation.

"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 on Twitter.

"I don't go back for classified briefings", he wrote. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, who said he planned to urge the president to revoke Mr. Brennan's clearance. "It has no bearing on my regard or lack thereof for President Trump or what he's doing", he said. This lets them consult with current intelligence officials and share their expertise, current and former officials said.

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After Trump gave credence following his summit in Helsinki to Putin's denials about Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election despite findings by the American intelligence community, Brennan called Trump's remarks "nothing short of treasonous".

Sanders made reference to Brennan's treason comment in explaining Trump's threat toward the security clearances.

She called Mr. Trump's one-on-one meeting with Mr. Putin "a historic mistake". Trump later made Flynn his national security adviser before being compelled to fire him within less than a month for lying about his contacts with Russian Federation. He said on CBS this spring of Mr. Trump, "We've had presidents who disagree with us; we've had presidents who lie". Paul claimed on Twitter that Brennan has been "monetizing his security clearance" by criticizing Trump. The announcement came shortly after Mr. Trump met with Sen. Mazie Hirono, Hawaii Democrat.

"I think that we're going down a slippery slope", Ereli said.

He added of Mr. Brennan, "It's also not customary for the former Central Intelligence Agency director to be off the reservation where he is, either".

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