Rand Paul Seeks Bar on Trump-Critic Brennan's Classified Access

President Donald Trump shakes hands with James Comey director of the FBI during an Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House on Jan. 22 2017

President Trump Is Considering Revoking Security Clearances of His Critics

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said that he plans to meet with President Trump on Monday and ask him to revoke the security clearance of former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, who has been a harsh critic of Trump on Russian Federation and other issues.

Brennan, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, has also been outspoken in his criticism of Trump, arguing after the recent joint press conference with Vladimir Putin that Trump had met the constitutional threshold for impeachment.

Sen. Rand Paul said he's meeting with President Donald Trump Monday and plans to ask him to block access to sensitive information by a former top US intelligence official who's been fiercely critical of the White House.

Proving that the White House has become even more childish than had previously been thought possible, press secretary Sarah Sanders announced Monday that President Donald Trump is looking into revoking the security clearances of former officials who frequently criticize the administration.

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"The president is exploring these mechanism to remove security clearance because they've politicized, and in some cases, actually monetized their public service", Sanders replied, reading from a prepared statement. Comey, who was sacked by Trump, has published a book in which he is fiercely critical of the president and has recently urged Americans to vote for the Democrats in the midterm elections in November. "You would think the White House would check with the Federal Bureau of Investigation before trying to throw shiny objects to the press corps".

But the former DNI believes the act of revoking a security clearance over political disagreement crosses a line.

Earlier on Monday, Republican Senator Rand Paul tweeted that he had advised Mr Trump to revoke security clearance for Mr Brennan and "others partisans". "Even before they chose to go on hating the President, I disliked these people because they wanted to grab up so much power and use it against the American people".

On Twitter, Hayden said he doesn't go to the White House for classified briefings. "Public officials should not use their security clearances to leverage speaking fees or network talking head fees".

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