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President Trump is looking into revoking the security clearances of several top Obama-era intelligence and law enforcement officials, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday, accusing them of having “politicized” or “monetized” their public service.
Sanders made the announcement at Monday’s press briefing, after Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., called on the president to specifically revoke Trump critic and former CIA Director John Brennan’s clearance.
In an interview with Fox News’ “The Story” Monday night, Paul told host Martha MacCallum that Brennan “should not get anywhere within 10,000 yards of the government. He should have a restraining order.”
“John Brennan leaked information that almost cost the life of a double agent. … He should have been fired for that. But he wasn’t fired by President Obama because I think he was a partisan,” Paul said. “But now he’s a talking head on the outside, saying that basically President Trump should be executed – that’s what we do for treason. And so, yeah, I’m very concerned about him having privileges because of his past history.”
Paul added that he would go “one step beyond” the White House and remove top-secret clearances from all retired CIA agents and officers “of any stripe.”
WIBC host Tony Katz told listeners he concurs with the Paul’s comments with regard to John Brennan, but he’s hesitant to revoke security clearances of all retired CIA officers and agents:
“Look, if you want to revoke the security clearance for John Brennan, I’m okay with that. But looking beyond the issue with Brennan, [is the Trump administration] really sure they want to set that precedent?”
Click the link below to hear Tony’s full commentary and why he thinks Paul’s suggestion is the wrong move in the current political climate: