WASHINGTON — President Trump is contemplating whether or not to revoke the safety clearances of former nationwide safety and legislation enforcement officers who served within the Obama administration and have criticized Mr. Trump, significantly his pursuit of diplomacy with Russia, the White House stated on Monday.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, stated Mr. Trump was seeking to strip the clearances of John O. Brennan, the previous C.I.A. director; James B. Comey, fired by Mr. Trump as F.B.I. director final 12 months; James R. Clapper Jr., the previous director of nationwide intelligence; and others.
“The president is exploring the mechanisms to remove security clearances because they politicized and in some cases monetized their public service and security clearances,” Ms. Sanders stated.
Her shocking announcement amounted to an uncommon politicization of the safety clearance course of. Security clearances enable former officers to work with corporations on labeled applications and supply recommendation to these corporations and typically to authorities businesses. Stripping their clearances may hurt their capacity to work as consultants and advisers in Washington.
She additionally stated Mr. Trump is seeking to strip the safety clearance of Susan Rice, Mr. Obama’s nationwide safety adviser, and Michael V. Hayden, the previous head of the C.I.A. and National Security Agency through the George W. Bush administration.
She additionally singled out Andrew G. McCabe, the previous deputy director of the F.B.I., who was fired this 12 months over a scarcity of candor about his dealings with reporters. Mr. McCabe doesn’t have an energetic safety clearance.
Mr. Hayden, in a Twitter put up, stated the removing of his safety clearance wouldn’t have an effect on what he stated publicly. He additionally stated he doesn’t go to the White House for labeled briefings.