White House wants to strip security clearances from former officials
White House wants to strip security clearances from former officials
Win McNamee Drew Angerer Getty NBC News
25 July, 2018, 13:56
Ryan was asked at Tuesday's House Republican Leadership News Conference whether doing so would be "dangerous". "This is something that's in the purview of the Executive Branch".
The six have served in both Republican and Democratic administration, including Trump's.
The White House is looking into revoking the security clearances of former CIA, FBI and ODNI chiefs, arguing that their "baseless accusations" against President Donald Trump amount to monetizing and misusing the privilege.
She ticked off Mr. Clapper, Mr. Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and former top intelligence official Michael Hayden as others who could face scrutiny.
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". "And making baseless accusations of an improper relationship with Russian Federation is inappropriate".
If Clapper, Brennan and the others "were engaged in lying to the American people, why would they keep their secrecy?"
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) also supported revoking the clearances Monday during an interview on "Hannity", although he argued that such an action wouldn't be "going far enough".
Wittes added that Comey "declined a temporary clearance from the (Inspector General) to read the classified annex to the IG's recent report".
The move has been met with widespread criticism from people in the intelligence community. However, only four of those listed retained clearances, and some said they were irrelevant to their work.
"Trump is revoking these clearances not because they did anything wrong or can't be trusted, but because they disagree with him", Sipher said.
After the president extended an invitation for Putin to visit the White House later this fall, Ryan slammed the door on an invitation to address Congress but acknowledged he is "comfortable" with presidents having one-on-one meetings with foreign leaders.
"It's the message that counts", Ryan said.
"That's something we do for allies", he added.
Further, as Ryan mentioned, some former officials listed by the White House apparently already lost their clearances upon leaving their posts. Hayden said on CNN that Putin is able to manipulate Trump through Trump's ego.
"If the message is stop meddling in our country, stop violating our sovereignty then i support that but its the message, it's the counts".
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