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Paul Ryan thinks Trump is ‘trolling people’ with security clearances threats



WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 17: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and fellow House Republican leaders hold a news conference following their weekly caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center July 17, 2018 in Washington, DC. After President Donald Trump said he believed President Vladimir Putin that Russia did not interfere with the 2016 presidential election during a news conference in Finland, Ryan released a statement critical of Trump. 'There is no question that Russia interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world,' Ryan said in a statement. ÒThe president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally.' (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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  • House Speaker Paul Ryan said President Trump was “just
    trolling” when the White House said it would revoke security
    clearances for former officials who had been critical of the
  • White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said
    Monday the administration was weighing taking clearances away
    from James Comey, Andrew McCabe, James Brennan, and
  • It was later revealed that neither Comey nor McCabe
    still have their clearances.

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan said that President Donald
Trump is “just trolling people” in regard to the White House
saying it would consider revoking security clearances for former
officials who criticize the current administration.

On Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders
said Trump was considering a move to take away clearances from
individuals who they believe have “politicized” their access.
When asked about Sen. Rand Paul wanting Trump to take away former
CIA Director John Brennan’s clearance, Sanders
said, “He’s also looking into
the clearances of [James] Comey, [James] Clapper,
[Michael] Hayden, [Susan] Rice, and [Andrew] McCabe.”

“The President is exploring the mechanisms to remove
security clearance because they’ve politicized and, in
some cases, monetized their public service and
security clearances,” Sanders added.

The comments sparked backlash on Capitol Hill amid
revelations that many of the people named by
Sanders no
longer have security clearances

Because many of the former officials, including former FBI
Director Comey and former FBI Deputy Director McCabe, revealed
they no longer had their clearances anyway, Ryan called it a
troll move by Trump.

“I think he’s trolling people honestly,” Ryan said in a press
conference Tuesday morning. “This is something that’s in the
purview of the executive branch. I think some of these people
already lost their clearances. Some people keep their clearances.
That’s how the executive branch deals with it. Not really in our

But Democrats in Congress are still taking it very seriously.
Rep. Adam Schiff, who serves as ranking member on the House
Intelligence Committee, told reporters that Trump was making a
“cowardly action of someone who is afraid of criticism.”

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