Security Clearances For Comey, Clapper, Rice All Reportedly Under Review

The security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan may not be the only one heading for the shredder as it is being reported the security clearances for several other Obama-era officials are being looked at by the White House.

Fox News reports the security clearances for former FBI Director James Comey, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Former United States Attorney Sally Yates, for FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, retired United States Air Force four-star general and former Director of the National Security Agency Michael Hayden, former FBI official Peter Strzok, former FBI attorney Lisa Page, and former associate deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr are all under review by the Trump administration.

Here’s more from Fox News:

President Trump abruptly revoked the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan this week, and he threatened to strip a bevy of other former national security officials of theirs as well.
The president said he has a “unique, constitutional responsibility to protect the nation’s classified information,” while announcing he yanked the clearance for Brennan, an open Trump critic who led the CIA for nearly four years under the Obama administration.
The move has sparked a debate over whether former officials should still have security clearances even after they’ve left their jobs.

“The president has the ultimate authority to decide who holds a security clearance,” the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) told The Associated Press.

Many of the individuals have expressed anti-Trump sentiments and some are accused of abusing privileges they have with the security clearance to obtain and leak sensitive information. Brennan’s security clearance was revoked for those reasons.

President Trump shared a quote from Republican Senator Richard Burr and Fox News host Tucker Carlson regarding Brennan and his security clearance:

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As Fox News reports, some individuals who leave the White House often maintain their security clearances for several years afterward. The report specifies that it is up to the president if he wishes to have the clearance revoked:

Just because an official has left the federal government, doesn’t mean his or her security clearance is automatically revoked. In many cases, clearances remain automatically “active” for up to several years.

Former National Security Council staffer Elliott Abrams said he and others continued to keep their security clearances even after the Bush administration “for at least a year” because “the incoming Obama White House thought that in the early months of a new administration, we might have some useful insights to impart – information about how past events had developed, or impressions of top people in foreign governments—and our successors wanted to be able to discuss classified information with us and elicit our views.”

“It’s not so much a benefit to the person. It’s more of a benefit to the particular government officials that would need some insight from times prior to them,” Berry explained.

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