The White Home is revoking former CIA Director John Brennan’s safety clearance, press secretary Sarah Sanders stated on August 15.
The announcement comes just some weeks after Sanders stated President Trump was contemplating rescinding safety clearances from a number of former high intelligence officers, together with former FBI Director James Comey, who “politicize, and in some circumstances truly monetize, their public service and their safety clearances in making baseless accusations about improper contact with Russia.”
Brennan led the CIA for almost 4 years beneath the Obama administration. Earlier this yr, he joined MSNBC and NBC Information as a contributor and senior nationwide safety and intelligence analyst.
He has been important of the Trump administration and has called the president “paranoid” and a “charlatan.” He stated Trump’s assembly with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki was “nothing in need of treasonous.”
Sanders stated Brennan had been “leveraging” the clearance to make “wild outbursts” and claims in opposition to the Trump administration.
Trump himself lumped Brennan in with some “of the largest liars and leakers in Washington” in a February tweet.
Learn on for a take a look at who else may lose their safety clearances.
James Comey led the FBI from 2013 till he was abruptly fired in Could 2017. Trump, who has repeatedly castigated Comey on Twitter, stated he couldn’t “successfully lead” the bureau. The president was extremely important of Comey’s dealing with of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails and the Russia investigation.
Comey was tapped as a U.S. legal professional by former President George W. Bush earlier than Obama appointed him to guide the FBI. After he was fired, he wrote a guide referred to as, “A Larger Loyalty: Reality, Lies and Management.”
Gen. Michael Hayden has served throughout a number of administrations, from main the Nationwide Safety Company beneath former President Invoice Clinton to heading the CIA beneath each former Presidents Bush and Obama.
Hayden has been an outspoken critic of Trump, particularly in his guide, “The Assault on Intelligence: American Nationwide Safety in an Age of Lies.” He additionally inspired folks to not work for the Trump administration throughout an interview with Yahoo earlier this yr.
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Earlier than the announcement, Hayden stated revoking his safety clearance wouldn’t “have any impact on what I say or write” as a result of he doesn’t attend labeled briefings.
FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was fired in March 2018. Trump praised the firing as “an excellent day for the laborious working women and men of the FBI” in a tweet, calling McCabe a “choirboy.”
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He was fired simply days earlier than he would have been eligible for a lifetime pension after it was decided he lied to investigators reviewing the bureau’s probe of Clinton’s e mail server.
After serving as ambassador to the United Nations, Rice was the Nationwide Safety Advisor for Obama from 2013 to 2017.
Like others, she was extremely important of Trump’s relationship with Russia and referred to as the July summit with Putin a “historic mistake.” She additionally blasted Trump earlier this yr when he stated Obama “allowed Russia to take Crimea.”
Fox Information’ Brooke Singman and The Related Press contributed to this report.