Press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters Monday that President Trump is considering revoking former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance, as well as those of several other former intelligence officials, claiming they’ve “politicized and in some cases actually monetized their public service security clearances” and have made “baseless accusations” against the president.
Obama administration minions are openly cashing in on their personal access to members of the nation’s federal government leviathan, the many federal departments’ computer systems, and documents in the offices and headquarters of national security and federal law enforcement agencies. For example: former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John Brennan is a new hire at NBC’s cable news channel MSNBC. Brennan used his access to MSNBC’s audience to “report” that President Donald Trump is a treasonous American.
Hardly surprising is that many Americans are wondering why Brennan maintains such access to government secrets. It’s a known fact that the complicit news media have kept information about Obama’s spymaster off the front pages of American newspapers and news magazines and out of broadcast news reports in order to protect Brennan’s credibility. Few Americans know about how Brennan once voted for — and supported — an avowed communist for President of the United States named Gus Hall of the Communist Party of America.
Also, former FBI special agent and Islam expert, John Guandolo, has repeatedly said that Brennan converted to Islam while he was the CIA station chief in Saudi Arabia. This made Brennan a perfect fit for President Barack Obama’s White House.
Rescinding of Security Clearances by Presidential Decree
During the White House daily briefing on Monday, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee- Sanders told the White Press Corps that President Trump is seriously considering rescinding former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance, as well as those of several other former intelligence officials, claiming they’ve “politicized and in some cases actually monetized their public service security clearances” and have made “baseless accusations” against the president.
“This should be a common practice. When I retired from the New York City police department, my access to the NYPD’s computer system and other restricted areas within the largest police force in the United States. In fact, my identification card and gold-shield were marked ‘RETIRED’ so my credentials could not be used improperly,” said former police lieutenant Martin Dracos. “Why should a political hack appointee keep his or her security clearance?” he rhetorically asked.
Why does it matter? These former intelligence officials have all been quick to criticize the president, with Brennan being a leading voice of opposition following Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. As some White House reporters pointed out in the briefing, revoking their clearances has the optics of political retaliation.
Others on Trump’s blacklist: Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former FBI Director James Comey, former National Security Advisor Director Michael Hayden, former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
One name that’s missing from the Trump Blacklist is former First Lady and Senator Hillary Clinton, especially after being investigated for the intentional or unintentional leaking of State Department documents as the nation’s Secretary of State.
“The president is exploring these mechanisms to remove their security clearance because they’ve politicized and, in some cases, actually monetized their public service security clearances, and making baseless accusations of improper contact with Russia or being influences by Russia against the president is extremely inappropriate. The president contends that the fact that people with security clearances are making these baseless charges provides inappropriate legitimacy to accusations with zero evidence.”
— Sarah Sanders, White House Press Secretary