President Trump is considering the revocation of security clearances currently held by former Obama administration officials; setting the stage for a high-stakes legal showdown with top government staffers.
According to Fox News, the Commander-in-Chief is “looking into” the possibility of stripping the security clearances of James Comey, Andrew McCabe, John Brennan, Susan Rice, and Michael Hayden (a former aide to President George W. Bush.)
Sen. Rand Paul announced earlier Monday he would be asking the President to revoke Brennan’s access after he accused the president of “treason” after his historic Helsinki Summit with Vladimir Putin.
“During the daily press briefing, Sanders told reporters that the president was considering taking away clearances for former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former CIA Director John Brennan, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and former Director of National Security Michael Hayden,” writes Fox News.
More information as it develops.
DEEP STATE DEPARTMENT: John Kerry BRIEFED on ‘Trump Dossier’ in 2016
Former Secretary of State John Kerry was reportedly briefed on the infamous ‘Trump Dossier’ in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, raising new and alarming questions over the relationship between former British spy Christopher Steele and the Obama administration as Americans headed to the polls.
According to the Washington Post, John Kerry was the last senior Obama official to review the salacious material in “late 2016,” adding that “It’s not uncommon for private consulting or intelligence reports to be consumed by State Department officials.”
“There’s nothing nefarious about the State Department accepting material from Steele from 2014 to 2016,” writes the Post. “At that time, he was a well-respected former intelligence official from an allied country with deep experience in Russia. Officials couldn’t have known that Steele would become controversial for reporting on Trump, because that hadn’t happened yet.”
The left-leaning newspaper was commenting on a recent report from the Washington Examiner detailing the relationship between Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele, and the Trump Dossier to former President Barack Obama’s State Department.
“They’re also seeking to learn what individual State Department officials did in relation to Steele, and whether there were any contacts between the State Department and the FBI or Justice Department concerning the anti-Trump material,” wrote the Examiner.
DEEP STATE DEPT: John Kerry Rejects 'AMERICA FIRST' in Fiery Speech
Former Secretary of State John Kerry directly rebuked the Trump administration’s ‘America First’ policy over the weekend; telling a group of college students that the United States “won’t win” if it decides to “go alone” on a host of international issues.
The senior Obama aide was speaking at New York University’s Abu Dhabi commencement ceremony Sunday when he rejected the President’s approach on Iran, immigration, and North Korea; saying America can’t simply “retreat within our borders.”
“We won’t win, any of us, ultimately, by retreating within our borders, by focusing on our own nations only, or by going it alone,” Kerry said.
“No matter how big or how many the challenges, I want you to leave here today confident about our ability to win that future,” he added. “Every single problem we face is created by human choices,” he said. “And to the best of my knowledge those problems can also be solved by human choices.”
The former Secretary of State came under fire earlier this month after he engaged in “shadow diplomacy” to help save the Iranian nuclear agreement just days before President Trump announced the United States’ withdrawal from the deal.
h/t The Hill