James Clapper: Trump revoking our security clearances would be 'very, very petty'

James Clapper: Trump revoking our security clearances would be 'very, very petty'

"They've politicised and in some cases monetised their public service and security clearances", Sanders said during the daily briefing. This lets them consult with current intelligence officials and share their expertise, current and former officials said.

And Melissa Schwartz, a spokeswoman for McCabe, tweeted that his security clearance was deactivated when he was terminated in March 2018, "according to what we were told was Federal Bureau of Investigation policy".

"You would think the White House would check with the Federal Bureau of Investigation before trying to throw shiny objects to the press corps...", she wrote on Twitter.

Some of the former officials have been at odds with Mr. Trump since his election.

All have been tough on Trump in TV appearances.

Brennan, Clapper, Hayden and Rice have all been critical of Trump's foreign policy, including the US president's embrace of Russian President Vladimir at a summit in Helsinki, Finland.

Interested in Donald Trump? It was nothing short of treasonous. Republican Patriots: "Where are you???" tweeted Mr. Brennan.


Sanders made reference to Brennan's treason comment in explaining Trump's threat toward the security clearances. How will Putin use whatever Trump could be hiding to advantage Russian Federation & hurt America?

While speaking on the matter, Sanders accused the officials, who are frequent critics of Trump's, of "politicizing" and "monetizing" their public service. "And making baseless accusations of improper relationship with Russian Federation is inappropriate". "Politicizing matters of national security by going after his political enemies?" Clapper, who stepped down as director of national intelligence before Trump took office a year ago, has accused the president of placing American democratic institutions "under assault". "I also am beginning to wonder about his motivation for it-maybe he is looking for a way out".

US President Donald Trump is looking at stripping security clearances from intelligence officials critical of him.

Paul confirmed in a tweet on Monday that he had met with Trump and had urged him to revoke these clearances.

Trump has routinely criticized the intelligence officials in public statements and on Twitter, but at least one of his targets no longer holds a security clearance.

"This is what totalitarianism looks like", Sen. Mazie Hirono, Hawaii Democrat.

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