White House revoking security clearance of John Brennan, mulling others
The White House is revoking the security clearance of John Brennan, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and mulling pulling them for several other former intelligence chiefs and other officials.
Reading a statement from President Trump at the top of Wednesday’s press briefing, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced that the president has decided to revoke Brennan’s security clearance, citing “erratic behavior” and “lying”.
Brennan has been a major critic of the president’s since leaving public service.
Sanders said the president is also more broadly reviewing access to classified information by government officials and named others who are also now under specific review: James Clapper, the former director of National Intelligence, James Comey, a former FBI director whom Trump fired last year; Michael Hayden, a former director of the National Security Agency; Sally Yates, a former deputy attorney general also fired by the Trump administration; Susan Rice, former National Security Advisor; Andrew McCabe, former deputy director of the FBI; recently fired FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page; andBruce Ohr, former associate deputy attorney general.
In an exchange with ABC News’ Jon Karl, Sanders denied that the president is going after his political opponents with this action.
“No. If there were others that weren’t, that we deemed necessary, we would certainly take a look and review those as well,” Sanders said.