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Trump's List: Others Who Might Lose Their Security Clearance

President Donald Trump revoked former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance Wednesday, but there are others he's reviewing that could also lose their clearance

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    Trump Revokes Brennan's Security Clearance

    White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Wednesday that President Donald Trump is revoking former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance. Brennan has been a prominent critic of Trump's policies, words and actions.

    (Published Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018)

    President Donald Trump has acted on a threat to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan, citing a constitutional responsibility to protect classified information. Brennan, who served in the Obama administration, had become an increasingly sharp critic of Trump's.

    Trump says he is reviewing security clearances for nine other individuals. Some have been publicly critical of the president, while others are linked to special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference, which Trump calls "a witch hunt."

    A look at the 10 individuals:

    JOHN BRENNAN
    In a written statement, Trump cited "erratic conduct and behavior" by President Barack Obama's CIA director as justification for revoking Brennan's security clearance. Trump also accused Brennan of "lying" and "wild outbursts." At a news conference last month in Finland, Trump stood alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin and openly questioned U.S. intelligence agencies' conclusions that Moscow tried to influence the 2016 election in his favor. Afterward, Brennan criticized Trump's performance as "nothing short of treasonous" and accused him of being "wholly in the pocket of Putin."

    Trump Considering Revoking Security Clearance for Brennan, Comey, Others

    [NATL] Trump Considering Revoking Security Clearance for Brennan, Comey, Others

    White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday President Trump is “exploring the mechanisms” to strip clearance from former CIA Director John Brennan and others for allegedly politicizing and monetizing those clearances.

    (Published Monday, July 23, 2018)

    On Wednesday, Brennan, an NBC News and MSNBC senior national security and intelligence analyst, tweeted a response to Trump's decision to revoke his security clearance: "This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics. It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent."

    And on Thursday, he published an opinion piece in The New York Times, saying that Trump's claims of no collusion with Russia in the run-up to the 2016 election are "hogwash," based on his insight into Russian activities and what's been reported in the news. He said that what remains unclear is whether there was a criminal conspiracy, "whether obstruction of justice occurred to cover up any collusion or conspiracy, and how many members of 'Trump Incorporated' attempted to defraud the government by laundering and concealing the movement of money into their pockets." 

    "Mr. Trump clearly has become more desperate to protect himself and those close to him, which is why he made the politically motivated decision to revoke my security clearance in an attempt to scare into silence others who might dare to challenge him," Brennan wrote.

    DISCLOSURE: Brennan is an NBC News and MSNBC senior national security and intelligence analyst.

    JAMES CLAPPER
    Clapper served Obama as director of national intelligence and has held key positions in the U.S. intelligence community. He has been critical of Trump and told CNN on Wednesday that he has no plans to stop speaking out when he's asked for his views on the Trump administration.

    "If they're saying that the only way I can speak is to be in an adulation mode of this president, I'm sorry. I don't think I can sign up to that," Clapper said.

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    (Published Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018)

    JAMES COMEY
    Trump fired Comey from his post as FBI director in May 2017 over the bureau's Russia investigation. Comey had also announced in July 2016 that the FBI would not recommend charges against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton for her email practices as Obama's secretary of state. Trump believes the investigation was handled unfairly because of what he alleges is political bias against him at the FBI. Comey does not have a security clearance; Trump said Comey may not be able to have it reinstated.

    On Wednesday, Comey tweeted a statement that said, in part: "Once again this president is sending a message that he will punish people who disagree with him and reward those who praise him. In a democracy, security clearances should not be used as pawns in a petty political game to distract voters from even bigger problems."

    MICHAEL HAYDEN
    The veteran U.S. intelligence official is a former director of the National Security Agency, principal deputy director of national intelligence and a past CIA director. He's also been critical of the president. Hayden said last month when the White House first issued the security clearance threat that losing it wouldn't affect what he says or writes.

    He published a book this year called "The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies."

    SALLY YATES
    Trump fired Yates early in 2017 after she refused to enforce the new president's ban on travel to the U.S. by residents of several mostly Muslim countries. Yates served in the Obama administration and had agreed to stay in the job under Trump. She also had informed the White House that Michael Flynn, Trump's first national security adviser, was potentially compromised because of his contacts with Russian officials. Trump allowed Flynn to keep his security clearance after Yates' disclosure but later fired Flynn, citing misstatements he said Flynn made to Vice President Mike Pence.

    Referring to Trump's summit with Putin, Yates tweeted, "Our President today not only chose a tyrant over his own Intel community, he chose Russia's interests over the country he is sworn to protect." Last December she tweeted, "The FBI is in "tatters"? No. The only thing in tatters is the President's respect for the rule of law."

    CIA: Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Journalist's Murder

    [NATL] CIA: Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Journalist's Murder

    Calling Saudi Arabia a "great ally," President Donald Trump declined to stand behind the CIA's claim that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. 

    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018)

    SUSAN RICE
    Rice was national security adviser during Obama's second term and has criticized Trump policies. She wrote an op-ed for The New York Times in July, saying the U.S. had "so much to lose and so little to gain" from the Trump-Putin summit — "given this very atypical US President," she added in a tweet.

    ANDREW McCABE
    McCabe is a former FBI deputy director who led the investigation into Clinton's email practices. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe this year after FBI disciplinary officials and the Justice Department concluded he hadn't been candid during an inspector general investigation. Trump has alleged bias in the email investigation because McCabe's wife, Jill, ran as a Democrat for the Virginia state Senate in 2015 and accepted a campaign contribution from a longtime Clinton ally. But McCabe didn't become involved in the Clinton probe until after his wife's bid for elected office.

    PETER STRZOK
    The longtime FBI agent was recently fired from the bureau, his lawyer said this week. Strzok had worked on the Mueller investigation but was removed after anti-Trump text messages that Strzok exchanged with an FBI lawyer became public. Trump has used the text messages to buttress his claims that the FBI is biased against him.

    Strzok's lawyer, Aitan Goelman, said in a statement Wednesday that security clearances shouldn't be taken away as a means of "punishing people who have criticized the President, or coercing others into silence." He said by stripping Brennan's clearance and threatening others with the same fate, "the President has taken us down one more step on the path toward authoritarianism."

    LISA PAGE
    Page is the former FBI lawyer who exchanged anti-Trump text messages with Strzok. Trump has begun referring to Page as the "lovely Lisa Page" in his tweets about the Russia investigation.

    BRUCE OHR
    The Justice Department official has come under Republican scrutiny for his contacts with Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS. The opposition research firm hired former British spy Christopher Steele during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign to compile a dossier of information on Trump and his ties to Russia. Ohr's wife, Nellie, worked for Fusion GPS during the campaign — a fact Trump has tweeted about in recent days to highlight his assertions of political bias as motivation for the Russia investigation.

    Ivanka Trump Used Personal Email for Government Work: Report

    [NATL] Ivanka Trump Used Personal Email for White House Work: Report

    Emails uncovered by a liberal watchdog group found that first daughter Ivanka Trump, a presidential adviser, used a personal email account to send hundreds of emails to White House aides, cabinet members and assistants during her transition into government.

    (Published Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018)