Striking at critics, Trump weighs stripping former officials' security clearances

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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.

After Trump gave credence following his summit in Helsinki to Putin's denials about Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election despite findings by the American intelligence community, Brennan called Trump's remarks "nothing short of treasonous".

Hayden tweeted shortly after White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that Trump is considering revoking security clearances for an array of mostly Obama-era officials.

"The President is exploring the mechanisms to remove security clearances because they've politicized, and in some cases monetized, their public service and security clearances", she added.

On Twitter, Hayden said he doesn't go to the White House for classified briefings.

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"The president doesn't like the fact that people are politicizing agencies and departments", Sanders added later, despite the fact that Trump has repeatedly cast doubt on the work of US intelligence agencies and officials and denigrated them.

Mr Hayden said on Twitter after the announcement that even if the president made a decision to take away his clearance, it would not change anything he says or writes.

Many noted that President Barack Obama never revoked the security clearance of Michael Flynn, who became a prominent critic of Obama after he was forced out of the administration.

Brennan, who was involved in the assessments of Russian interference, now serves as a senior national security and intelligence analyst for NBC News and MSNBC and often makes critical comments about Trump. Rand Paul of Kentucky tweeted that he was planning to raise the issue of revoking Brennan's clearance at a meeting with Trump.

"You would think the White House would check with the Federal Bureau of Investigation before trying to throw shiny objects to the press corps.", she wrote. "Public officials should not use their security clearances to leverage speaking fees or network talking head fees".

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