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Trump considering revoking clearance for ex-Obama officials

Republican Sen Rand Paul of Kentucky tweeted earlier that he was planning to raise the issue.

President Donald Trump is considering revoking the security clearances of several former Obama administration officials and critics of his presidency.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the president is “exploring the mechanisms” to strip clearance from former CIA director John Brennan, along with former FBI director Jim Comey, former national intelligence director James Clapper and others.

Ms Sanders accused the officials of having “politicised and in some cases monetised their public service and security clearances” as well as “making baseless accusations” against the president.

Republican Sen Rand Paul of Kentucky tweeted earlier that he was planning to raise the issue of revoking Mr Brennan’s clearance at a meeting with President Trump.

Mr Brennan last week described President Trump’s press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin as “nothing short of treasonous”.

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