White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed on Monday that President Donald Trump is considering revoking security clearances for several former high-ranking Obama administration officials.
Speaking to reporters during a press briefing, Sanders said that Trump feels that the individuals – former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan, former CIA & National Security Director Michael Hayden, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, and former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe – should lose their clearances over their continued criticism of the president’s relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“The president is looking into the mechanisms to remove security clearance because they’ve politicized and in some cases monetized their public service and security clearances,” Sanders said.
Comey, Brennan, Clapper, Hayden, Rice, and McCabe, Sanders added, have made “baseless accusations of improper contact with or Russia.”
This explanation echoes Senator Rand Paul’s tweets from earlier in the day:
Twitter wasted no time slamming Sanders for the ultimate hypocrisy of the Trump administration accusing others of monetizing public service.
Others felt there was something else disturbing about this tactic.
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