It has been 623 days since Hillary Clinton officially lost to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election yet she still has a security clearance.
The White House announced on Monday that President Trump was mulling over whether to revoke the security clearances of a few former Obama-era staffers, but at least one name was plainly missing from the list: his former 2016 opposition. Some people, including two special forces veterans, are now starting to come forward and argue Hillary too should be stripped of her clearance.
Per the Daily Caller:
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was not named in the White House’s Monday announcement that it was considering revoking six former national security officials’ security clearances, a 33-year special forces veteran noticed.
“Frankly, I was shocked that Hillary, the chief culprit, was omitted,” retired Col. James Williamson told The Daily Caller News Foundation. Williamson, who was in special operations for 30 years and has held a top-level security since 1982, is president of OSPEC, a nonpartisan organization representing retired special forces and intelligence community officials.
“There is more than ample evidence that Hillary Clinton committed, whether its gross negligence, or, as [former FBI Director James] Comey would like to say, extreme carelessness,” Williamson told TheDCNF. “Just from the documented evidence, there was enough to prosecute. If there’s evidence to prosecute, then there’s certainly grounds to pull somebody’s clearance.”
“The importance of a clearance can’t be overstated in maintaining the national security of this country and its operative,” Williamson also said, per BizPac Review. “Like we’ve seen in the past, compromising any type of classified information can have truly lethal consequences where people die. And it’s happened.”
OSPEC Vice President retired Col. James Waurishuk agreed.
Clinton “moved classified information from the State Department to a private server,” Waurishuk, who served on the National Security Council and on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told TheDCNF. “Her clearance should have been immediately revoked and proper action taken to have her removed. She still carries that crime.”
“She was a risk,” he continued. “That is one of the things you look at. Is this person a risk? And yes, she was a risk. From that standpoint, she should have her clearance revoked.”
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced on Monday afternoon that Trump was considering revoking the clearances of former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director Michael V. Hayden, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, former CIA Director John Brennan, and former Deputy Attorney General Andrew McCabe.
“They’ve politicized and in some cases monetized their public service and security clearances,” Sanders said, as the Hill reports. “Making baseless accusations of improper contact with Russia, or being influenced by Russia, against the president is extremely inappropriate and the fact that people with security clearances are making these baseless charges provides inappropriate legitimacy to accusations with zero evidence.”
“When you have the highest level of security clearance, when you’re the person who holds the nation’s deepest, most sacred secrets at your hands, and you go out and you make false accusations against the president of the United States, he thinks that‘s something to be very concerned with and we’re exploring what those options are and what that looks like,” Sanders concluded.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.