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President
Donald Trump is considering revoking the security clearances of
former top officials such as James Comey and John Brennan, the
White House said Monday.

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Lamarque/Reuters


  • White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on
    Monday said President Donald Trump is considering revoking the
    security clearances of six former top officials over “baseless
    allegations” they’ve made about the president. 
  • Trump seems to take particular issue with former CIA
    Director John Brennan, who recently described Trump’s behavior
    during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin as
    “treasonous.” 
  • Former top officials typically retain security
    clearances in the event they need to be consulted on various
    matters and look back at old files or
    information. 

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday said
President Donald Trump is considering revoking the security
clearances of six former top officials over “baseless
allegations” they’ve made about the president. 

The officials are former CIA and NSA director Gen. Michael
Hayden, former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John
Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James
Clapper, former US ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice,
and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

Former top officials like Brennan and Comey typically retain
security clearances in the event they need to be consulted on
various matters and look back at old files or information. 

The White House said Trump is concerned with the way in which
these people are allegedly “politicizing” various government
agencies, while rejecting the notion the president has done the
same with tweets attacking the FBI, among other statements and
actions. 

Particularly, the president seems perturbed by recent comments
from Brennan regarding Trump’s recent meeting with Russian
President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland. 

After Trump appeared to side with Putin over the US intelligence
community during a joint press conference with the Russian leader
last Monday, the former CIA director tweeted that the president’s
actions were “treasonous.”

Since returning to the US, Trump has walked back what he said
during the press conference, claiming he misspoke and that he
agrees with the US intelligence community’s assessment regarding
Russian election interference. 

On Sunday, however, Trump suggested that Russian election
interference is “all
a big hoax.”
Sanders on Monday claimed Trump was referring to
the allegations that his campaign colluded with the
Kremlin. 

Trump’s tweet said, “So President Obama knew about Russia before
the Election. Why didn’t he do something about it? Why didn’t he
tell our campaign? Because it is all a big hoax, that’s why, and
he thought Crooked Hillary was going to win!!!”

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