Trump to Strip Security Clearances from Ex-Officials Like Brennan, Who Called Trump 'Treasonous'
- [Heather] The idea apparently came
from Republican Senator Rand Paul,
who met with the President onMonday to discuss the plan.
is considering stripping highlevel security clearances
from six former Obama andBush Administration Officials.
All who have been vocal criticsof the Trump Administration.
Former CIA director JohnBrennan went all out last week
after the President met withRussian President Putin.
He tweeted that Trump'spress conference was,
"nothing short of treasonous.
"Not only were Trump's comments imbecilic,
"he is wholly in the pocket of Putin."
- I think anyone who's calling basically
the President treasonous,
which would require the death penalty,
is someone that is over the top
and not showing the proper judgment.
- [Heather] The WhiteHouse says that Brennan
and the others are usingtheir security clearances
for political and personal gain.
- They've politicized,
and in some cases actuallymonetized their public service
and their security clearances
and making baseless accusations
of improper contact with Russia
or being influenced by Russia
against the President isextremely inappropriate.
- [Heather] Two peopleon the President's list,
former FBI Director James Comey
and his Deputy Andrew McCabe
have actually already lost their clearance
after being fired.
Another official on the list,
called the possible move anabuse of the clearance system.
- [James] This is a kind ofpetty way of retribution,
I suppose for speakingout against the President.
- [Heather] Former ActingCIA Director Mike Morrell
told CBS News that the purpose
of extending securityclearances is to benefit
the U.S. Government and notthe people who have them.
Heather Sells, CBN News.