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Trump Eager to Strip More Former Officials of Their Security Clearances

Having denied former CIA Director John Brennan his coveted security clearance, President Trump is pleased with his action and is preparing to take more clearances away.

According to the Washington Post:

President Trump has told advisers that he is eager to strip more security clearances as part of an escalating attack against people who have criticized him or played a role in the investigation of alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, two White House officials said.

Inside the West Wing, Trump is eager to move against others on the security clearance review list and could act soon, according to the White House officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

Trump believes he has emerged looking strong and decisive in his escalating feud with Brennan, the aides said, adding that he shows a visceral disdain for the former CIA director when he sees him on TV.

But other aides would prefer a more thorough process or that he drop the matter altogether, and they are scrambling to review the list of people Trump says he would like to strip of clearances. These officials said Trump did not focus on his power to remove clearances until this summer.

Still, as the Russia probe tightens around Trump — Mueller is pressing his legal team over a potential interview with him — the president remains impulsive and unpredictable, aides said.

“The process is essentially meaningless,” one White House aide said. “If Trump wants to do it, he’ll just do it.”

Among those whose clearances may be under review are former Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., former FBI Director James B. Comey, former NSA Director Michael Hayden, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former FBI agents Peter Strozk and Lisa Page.

Current Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr’s clearance may also be revoked.

28 Responses to Trump Eager to Strip More Former Officials of Their Security Clearances

  1. Surprised we don’t see HRC on that list. After all, she has shown comprehensively that she did not appreciate the need to protect highly classified documents when we now know were forwarded to a State “other than Russia.” In two years, there has been no sign she understands the magnitude of her failure.

      • And the 130 White House appointees who lacked permanent security clearance for more than a year. He has shown comprehensively that he did not appreciate the need to protect highly classified documents.

      • It’s sad that the Dems have to take a non-event and exaggerate it wildly in order to pretend they have an argument.

        That “Trump revealed” non-event was debated at the time — it was in his rights to share information, it wasn’t crucial information, and if the Progs have to use this as some kind of argument, they are sad people indeed.

    • The POTUS has the power to disclose information as he sees fit. Always has.
      That said, what information was disclosed? If that had happened, the details would have been all of the NYT…

  2. Let the stripping begin in earnest. Add Hillary, Holder, Lynch and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (if she has a clearance). All of these people have already abused their clearances and will surely continue to do so..

  3. Security clearance doesn’t mean what it did 20 years ago. Or 50 years ago.
    Secrets are hard to keep in the age of the internet, web sites, emails, and cell phones.

    The people mentioned who might be stripped of their S.C don’t work for the government anymore, so the loss won’t mean anything to them or us.

    • My husband worked for a large government contractor. He was issued his security clearance after he was thoroughly vetted. He & me, his parents, my parents & my kids were all reviewed every so many years. On the day he retired he again signed his non disclosure statement from 30 years earlier & his clearances were removed.
      It’s simple, when a person isn’t doing their secure job anymore their clearance is revoked.

  4. Clapper for sure needs to have his revolted. His body language spoke volumes when he testified before Congress. He scratched his head and looked down when answering. I read it that he was lying.

    • Thank you for complimenting me on my good judgement about body language. I also know how to judge someone who suffers from Trump Derangement Syndrome

    • Start with the fraudlent FISA warrant. Continue with the illegal interaction between Strozk and Contreras. Then go to the illegal unmasking by Susan Rice. Next you’ve got Comey’s illegal release of the classified documents to his “lawyer” friend. Not to mention Mueller’s clear conflict of interest in taking the special counsel appointment after it was criminally set up by his close friend Comey. And finish with Rosenstein’s refusal to recuse himself EVEN THOUGH HE SIGNED THE ORIGINAL FISA WARRANT.

      Time for every one of them to burn in hell for their treason. With their heads on pikes around the Beltway as a reminder to others of the penalty for same.

  5. Raise your hand if – prior to Trump – you knew officials kept their security clearances long after they left their positions?

    Yeah. That’s what I thought.

    This nonsense being exposed is a good thing.

    When I left my time in the service, I left my security clearance behind. The very day I got out.

    If it was good enough for every, single member of the military granted a clearance, it’s good enough for these yahoos.

    • Same here. The moment I was discharged, my security clearance evaporated, and I was well informed that was the case at the time. That’s the way it was for everyone I knew.

    • Yep. The day I left the Foreign Service I lost my clearance, as was customary and appropriate. Time to treat the big dogs like us peons. Way too much is classified, and over classified at that.

  6. In corporate America — ya think that my former employers are going to give me access to company info?

    It is idiotic for former employees to have access… stupid… shows why this is a screwed up system. We need Trump or someone smart like bigblue1234 to make America Great Again.

  7. So, it’s a courtesy and ego-sop whose day is over. Strip them all of security clearances. If and when it is so important to talk to one of these former officials, it can be arranged to make it okay.

    Progs and Dems just need their junk food to fuel the indignation every day.