President Trump Considering Revoking Security Clearances of Brennan, Clapper, Comey, Rice, Hayden, McCabe…

After meeting with Senator Rand Paul earlier today President Trump is exploring the revocation of security clearances for former intelligence officials from the Obama administration including: Michael Hayden, James Comey, John Brennan, James Clapper, Andrew McCabe and Susan Rice.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders stated the president is “exploring the mechanism” to remove their access to classified information. “They’ve politicized and in some cases monetized their public service and security clearances, making baseless accusations of improper contact with Russia or being influenced by Russia against the president is extremely inappropriate,” Sanders said.

•Michael Hayden was the former head of the NSA.
•John Brennan was former CIA Director.
•James Clapper was former Director of National Intelligence.
•Susan Rice was former National Security Adviser.
•Andrew McCabe was former Deputy Director of the FBI.
•James Comey was former Director of the FBI.

The general guidelines for revoking security clearances can be found here.

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799 Responses to President Trump Considering Revoking Security Clearances of Brennan, Clapper, Comey, Rice, Hayden, McCabe…

  1. recoverydotgod says:

    Really fascinating interview, especially 1:20-end (1:47) from a reporter who lived in Russia at one point. Her father grew up in a Moscow suburb. It puts into perspective the necessity of letting Pres. Trump govern and use leverage like he does on the world stage. Revoking the security clearances is a step in the right direction.

    The Putin Files: Julia Ioffe
    FRONTLINE PBS
    Published on Oct 27, 2017

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    • recoverydotgod says:

      The main problem that the establishment and the press have is they think Pres. Trump doesn’t see through people and that he is incredibly weak and vulnerable.

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      • mr.piddles says:

        They really do think he’s a complete idiot. And he has more “people skills” than your average professionally trained politician. He can see the good, the bad, and knows what buttons to push. That’s what 50+ years of, you know, figuring people out gets you.

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        • chipin8511 says:

          Trump is out to tame the Military Industrial Complex and shut down the congress ratlines for drugs weapons uranium child trafficking to cut off the money supply. He needs to get his judges in place before the big push to indict the criminals Clapper Comey McCabe Mueller Yates Brennen Hayden Rice Rhodes Obama and many more. If you want to know whats really going on I have 2 sites to go to.gerogrewebbutube.com americanintelligencemedia.com excellent places to info 6 months before it hist

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      • doit4atlas says:

        No they don’t! They KNOW damn well he will destroy them, THAT’S why the are trying so hard to defeat him. If they knew he was an idiot, they’d let him be an idiot and beat the hell out of him at the ballot box.

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        • Dear doit4atlas: You’re right. They’re terrified by DJT. They essentially have charged him with treason and are coming to the realization that they might not make it stick. Mueller’s going to come down on him next but he won’t be able to make anything stick either. Trump is used to playing hardball, he will have his vengeance.

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        • chipin8511 says:

          Trump will cut off their $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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      • namberak says:

        I’m of the opinion that the so-called press and the establishment thinking PDJT is weak and vulnerable is actually to his advantage.

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      • G. Alistar says:

        And….I might add, the liars, dirty cops, and dirty politicians(Schiff, Warner, Obama) have no integrity. Even when caught red handed, they stand there and continue to lie. come on man, even Nixon has the honor to resign!

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      • The main problem that the establishment and the press have is the accept bribes and are totally corrupt

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      • Don L says:

        The elites confuse sophistication with wisdom. They have sophistication and Trump is the wiser by far.

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      • sturmudgeon says:

        I read the “guidelines on security clearances” and reasons where they should be ‘revoked’. There is no question in my mind that every one of these persons named, have each violated their oath, and that their revocation must be accomplished at once.

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    • People that have lived without “self ownership” are some of our best patriots.
      People that do not appreciate self ownership should have a “lean” placed on theirs.

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    • TheWanderingStar says:

      Interesting and believable analysis on Russia, Putin and the Ukraine only to be marred at the end by Trump Derangement Syndrome. The last 10 min or so she really misses the mark.

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    • llyod says:

      she is not a journalist. She is a propagandist. But in the age of the internet she is busted.

      operation mockingbird. … create a narrative…e.g. = russia collusion but that narrative is destroyed by the only question that matters…why did the FBI not check the server?

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    • Your Tour Guide says:

      You have to look at it from the overview. It was all done around the
      time that the Muh Russia hysteria came out.

      It’s stating that
      a. Putin’s bad
      b. Trump is associating with him ( by the approved narrative).
      therefore:
      c. Trump is bad.

      It was literally carpet bombing. If you add up all the installments,
      it would take over 24 hours to watch them. Propaganda at it’s
      finest. And, there probably is a good bit of truth from the people
      that lived in Russia. The collective whole is what is being aimed
      at here.

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    • DJ says:

      Thanks for posting this interview-very instructive. Hope Trump has seen it.

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    • James says:

      Everything from PBS should be considered a lie, I mean literally everything. PBS is the worst when it comes to intentional misinformation, even worse than RT. True RT is going to promote Russia and Putin, RT is not going to talk about how Russia is a mafia state. But PBS advocates (PBS is not about journalism) are worse as PBS has been infected with feminism / social justice / intesectionality a highly toxic religion.

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  2. I do not like Ran Paul’s idea about revoking the security clearances of people that have retired. The retired could have old wisdom to share, they could hold old knowledge, they should be available to know and give advice.
    It is just the corrupt that should have their security clearance revoked.

    Also I do not appreciate Ron Paul’s claiming of moral superiority.
    I am not buying it. I know fake when I see it.

    Now that I have commented, I am going to delete the WordPress app to avoid the fake amazon pop up.
    After I comment I get attacked.
    Then I will reinstall it next time I need to comment.
    That is the only way I can view the treehouse comments.
    Does anyone have a fix for IOS, for the fake Amazon pop up?

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    • ezpz2 says:

      Are you talking about “Ran” or “Ron” Paul?
      And I disagree. I think that “Rand” Paul is one of the more sincere and honest ones serving. Definitely not fake.

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      • It seems like to me Ran is trying to “one up” everyone else’s idea of morality.
        And I am not seeing much origional and creative thinking from Ran Paul.
        I have spent a lot of time listening to Ran Paul making speeches on the house floor but I do admit that Ran Paul has a superior intellect to me. I could not do what he does, but that dose not mean I am wrong about his moral posturing.

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      • Cathy M. says:

        The current Senator goes by “Rand Paul” & his dad is Ron Paul”

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    • mr.piddles says:

      Just use Safari. Why are you using the unnecessary WordPress app??? Not necessary.

      Liked by 1 person

    • Shadrach says:

      Don’t log into Word Press (or log out), then come back. You can view comments. Use an Ad-blocker to get rid of the pop-ups, but then please consider donating to CTH, since he’ll lose revenue. That’s what I do (block and donate).

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    • Somebody says:

      First off people retired from government only have their security clearance for so long before it automatically expires. How long that is depends on the type of clearance and how often it has to be renewed.

      The issue isn’t the clearance, the issue is the access. Measures need to be in place to block access except on a need to know basis, for instance as Patio mentioned when their expertise might be needed.

      My husband had a security clearance which remained in effect after he retired for a couple of years, but he had absolutely no access to anything. No badge, all access passwords, remote log in and accounts canceled, etc. I thought that was standard procedure. Color me surprised. BTW in my husband’s case he actually was called upon to assist with something and ended up going back to work for a contractor, so his clearance was just renewed and access granted again. So it is true old timers do sometimes contribute.

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      • Cathy M. says:

        That is also my understanding.
        I also maintained my security clearance when I retired but did not have access to anything unless called upon. My clearance eventually expired as maintaining the clearance with my former employer required an updated background check every 5 yrs. If I wanted to return to a position that requires a security clearance the employer would only need to investigate my background starting from my last background thru the current date (instead of all the way back to my birth.)

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    • Curry Worsham says:

      1, President Trump is not revoking the security clearances of “retired people”.
      2. He is revoking the clearances of six high level partisan Deep State hacks.
      3. If you think those six villains have wisdom to share you need to spend more time reading here in the Treehouse.
      4. The six traitors are free to give out all the advice they want – without their security clearances.
      5. “It is just the corrupt that should have their security clearance revoked.” You got one right!

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    • doit4atlas says:

      Are you for real? Do you honestly think Clapper has “wisdom”? My cat has more wisdom that this idiot. Clapper should be in jail with the rest of his cronies.

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    • pyromancer76 says:

      Revoking a security clearance does not necessarily mean wiping it out. It can remain on record in the event that that government employee returns to the job. However, no one not responsible and accountable to the current administration and the “approved” bureaucracy should be running around with a full security clearance. Once their job is done the clearance should be “turned in” (or taken away).

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    • chipin8511 says:

      when your boys end up in prison you will understand the Coup they are behind you are what we call silly they are part of the establishment and must go.

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  3. pyromancer76 says:

    A reasonable voice:
    STEALTH JEFF‏ @drawandstrike · 12m12 minutes ago
    “So to sum up: these coup plotters/leakers had their security clearances left in place because the leak hunters were TRICKING them with false info to map out the entire leaking network that Obama & Hillary left behind them.

    Nothing more to learn? Time to yank the clearances then.”

    Still makes me furious.

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    • Curry Worsham says:

      Brilliant if true! And it makes me happy!

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    • formerdem says:

      If DOJ is actually doing that then I will stop being mean about Sessions.

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      • B Woodward says:

        I wouldn’t cut AWOL Sessions any slack yet. Since Sessions has needlessly recused himself (according to Andrew McCarthy and others) from everything and everyone involved in the 2016 election–even going back to the 2009 Uranium One scandal– I highly doubt that Sessions is at the helm on this issue. It’s probably Trump’s DNI Director Dan Coats. Sundance recently said (in an article about senate staffer James Wolfe leaking the FISA application) that “former SSCI Chairman Dan Coats – now 2017 Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) is in charge of the overall IC (Intelligence Community) and stopping dangerous leaks.”

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  4. Coast says:

    People no longer serving in government (either as a direct employee or contractor) do NOT need security clearance, thus they shouldn’t have it. It’s that simple.

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      Word! They need to clean up this stuff at BOTH ends – the giving and the taking away.

      The idea that “Mugabe Is A Moderate” / Rhodes Philby Scholar Susan Rice EVER had a clearance is horrifying – and shows exactly why the commie scum waits like vultures in Cambridge, Oxford, the Poison Ivy League, Stefan Halper U, and all the other “elite” universities.

      If communists aren’t screaming about security clearance rejections, those who are approving and more importantly DISAPPROVING are not doing their jobs, IMO.

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    • chipin8511 says:

      They the coup boys Clapper Brennen Comey Mueller have become political hacks for $$$$ they should be banned for 5 years from this type of activity on TV MSM shills.

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  5. scorpion99man says:

    They should revoke the clearances, since they have been leaking information.

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  6. Martha says:

    Please do, Mr. President, and right now.

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  7. pigletriosp says:

    90-120 day knowledge transfer then out……….

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  8. Patrick S says:

    My first thought after reading this is that, after getting the boot, several if not all of these SOBs will still maintain discreet communications with their former subordinate allies still in the IC to obtain ammo against DJT. Here’s hoping the president has some top people considering this, and perhaps setting up some stings again.

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    • RAH says:

      If they do those giving it to them are breaking the law and thus risking their careers and even possible jail time.

      Really there is more to legitimately having access to classified info than just having the appropriate clearance. One has to have a legitimate “need to know”. IOW just because I had a TS clearance did not mean I could gain access to all material classified TS or below. It only meant I was granted access to TS material or below that was deemed necessary for my job or mission by my superiors. “Need to know” is as important for security as classification is, if not more so.

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    • chipin8511 says:

      Until you get rid of SES Senior Executive Service not much can be done Trump needs to cut the pay and make them all quit there are 9k of these Clinton Obama owned scum in the GOVT essentially stoping Trumps every more he knows this. He must remove these people they are the true Deepstae

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  9. Kiddno1 says:

    I think this may be the heads up from PDJT that he will soon be reforming the security clearance policies for former federal employees, to bring attention to the issue, and the need to reform it.

    Perhaps a system whereby when a person leaves government employment their security clearance is automatically “suspended” but can easily be “reinstated” if they find work with a genuine need for a security clearance.
    However, those who go to work for media companies or political organizations would NOT retain a security clearance.

    This would remove the incentive for retaining a security clearance for profiteering, or media status, or slandering and character defaming.

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    • davidsstones says:

      If Trump turns off the faucet the leaking will abate.

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    • PotP says:

      Parked / Inactive with an expedited path to reinstatement, MAYBE.

      But ZERO continued access, and reinstatement ONLY with multiple signoffs and a massive paper trail. Put other peeps butts on the line.

      Write any books like “My time in the (3-letter agency)” and banned for life from any clearances / .gov positions. Lot of toxic self-promoting authors who once held clearances. Same for “expert consultants” on TV.

      Run the country like smart companies are run.

      Not a bloated, leaky dinosaur.

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    • Paul MV says:

      Absolutely! Revoke them now. Working for CNN or MSNBC shouldn’t count as a “need to know” for these swamp denisons.

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    • Somebody says:

      That’s a good idea kiddno, like putting it on hold. I would say the clearances should only be in that suspended mode for 5 years…….but the politicians would want 8-10 years and maybe for presidential appointments it could be longer.

      Most government employees that go to work for a contractor do so within 5 years, the majority within 3. In fact most contractors have no interest in anyone that has been out of the loop for more than 5 years and their job postings usually say so. Upper level type jobs like Clapper or Brennan they might roll into another D administration one day. Think about Rumsfeld or Cheney or Panetta, there are many others that have served in multiple administrations.

      Obviously before their clearance is reinstated a check should be done. Maybe not a full background check, but certainly looking at the years they were out of service…..contacts, associates, employers, clients, a look at their finances that sort of thing. Something like that wouldn’t be as bad as a full background going all the way back to high school.

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  10. davidsstones says:

    …and Obama ?….

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  11. Sparky5253 says:

    …and Hillary?

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  12. ENEMY WITHIN – AMERICA’s CHIEF JUSTICE of the SUPREME COURT

    Chief Justice Roberts has overseen ALL of the FISA COURT CORRUPTION.
    • He appointed ALL of its judges.
    • He RETAINED ALL of its judges.
    • Notwithstanding Chief FISA Judge Collyer’s report of Court Failures
    • AFTER those failures continued.
    • AFTER we learned that Obama had used NSA to spy on Roberts…

    What does the Deep State have on Roberts?
    How can we afford for Roberts to continue in his Chief Justice role?

    Roberts MUST resign his ROLE as Chief Justice … at a MININUM.
    President Trump MUST appoint another Chief Justice.
    Roberts MUST resign as Justice after the Court’s next session to avoid a crisis.

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  13. Abster says:

    I thought I heard – long after the election that HRC and her staffers still had active State Department clearances. Sounds like everyone walks away still connected! What security?

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  14. wildsailor2018 says:

    The keyword and common denominator here is ‘former.’ Is there a time stamp on the clearance as an individual or does it go with the position? If it goes with the position it should have been closed out a long time ago!

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  15. wildsailor2018 says:

    The keyword and common denominator here is ‘former.’ Is there a time stamp on the clearance as an individual or does it go with the position? If it goes with the position it should have been closed out a long time ago!

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  17. I wrote my Senators a couple of months ago, both Republican and both voted for Brennan’s confirmation, that they should renounce their approval votes for this guy. This was after his dripping-with-rage ‘moral turpitude’ tweet.

    Anybody who voted for this lunatics’ confirmation and/or defends this guy should feel the heat. John Brennan is a disgrace to this country. Spied on Congress, spied on journalists, obviously has anger control problems and was the head of the CIA… quite scary and quite irresponsible of elected leadership to have voted for this guy.

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  18. spinoneone says:

    I don’t know about the high flyers like Clapper/Brennan/etc., but when “normal” folks retire their access ceases the moment they turn in their credentials. If the retirement was “honorable,” the security clearance expires five years after the last update, or upon retirement depending on the organization and the level of access.

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  19. L4grasshopper says:

    FYI —— Michael Hayden was Dir of the CIA after he was Dir of the NSA.

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  20. Sundance: Whatever happened to the original REJECTED FISA Warrant Application?

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  21. Dee Jones says:

    This is a tad off topic but has been bugging me a lot. Why with the info from the FISA app out and we now know they lied, why then is Mueller allowed to go on with prosecutions that resulted from a fraudulent investigation? Dobbs was gobsmacked by this too so does anyone know why?

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    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      I suspect that they’re letting Mueller and the 17 angry Democrats dig their own professional graves.

      Liked by 6 people

      • That is exactly what I would have thought, had I been thinking!

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      • Dee Jones says:

        That was my first thought, but Flynn and Manafort have been ruined along with many others and any further prosecution is now just cruel and unusual for these folks. Along with the time money and other resources mulehead is using,he is at what 14.2 million. As a taxpayer that just grinds my azz like no other, well than Obama.

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        • wolfmoon1776 says:

          Mueller is a nasty guy. He has had no problem pursuing innocent people wrongly for a long time. Same with Weissman. These guys are like Bolsheviks, actually, in that respect. They will break even the most innocent eggs to make their omelet.

          This is the nature of what we are up against.

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          • chipin8511 says:

            Mueller and Comey are Clinton fixers for over 25 years go all the way back to Whitewater both have a net worth that exceeds 20 million. Huge HSBC scandal both involved. Uranium One up to their necks and much more Mueller 9/11 coverup Rudy knows.

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      • chipin8511 says:

        Exactly what Geroge Webb says let them keep going then you will know where all the bodies are in the end and you got them all. George Webb Utube I been following for 2 years he is 6 to 12 months ahead of the news and the real facts he is heavy ion the Uranium coverup. He has been after the Awan brother for 18 months he has a civil lawsuit against Tony Podesta. He has the real info on Peter Strokz and his family in Africa and Iran. You want to read the info on Peter Strokz since he was born and his criminal family in Iran. Strokz behind weapons and Uranium ratlines and his whole family are.

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    • PotP says:

      If nothing else, the investigation should be immediately suspended until the FISA deal is cleared up.

      My guess any actions or lack thereof are 1000% political at this point. On both sides.

      Elections matter. SCOTUS appointments matter. Long term > short term.

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    • chipin8511 says:

      It will be argued this all this is all fruit of the poisonous tree in the end and it is

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  22. covfefe999 says:

    Haha …. DO IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

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  23. Katherine McCoun says:

    This was a fantastic truth bomb and some much needed sunlight. Many people are responding, “why do they have clearances now that they are out of the job/office for which the clearances were originally given?”

    Many of us had no idea that they still did have clearances and 100% agree that SOP ought to be that they are gone when the person leaves the job or office for which they had the clearance in the first place.

    If the person, the former office holder, is needed by the successor or they need it to get their papers in order or for any other reason then they can apply for a limited, temporary, specific security clearance.

    Ongoing security clearance is not appropriate when one leaves the job that required it. Glad to know about it and glad that this issue has been brought to the public’s attention.

    This will help drain the swamp! And reduce the power of the Deep State “elders”.

    Out of office=out of the know

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  24. CopperTop says:

    Newt throwing down on Hannity and explaining what stage this is all come to ‘We …have not been tough enough’.

    “PDJT needs to release the unredacted version tomorrow!”

    “He’s fighting like Lincoln to preserve the country and the Constitution”

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    • Donna in Oregon says:

      Newt Gingrich…..could have been a contender but always fades in-and-out. Has reoccurring acts of moral turpitude…….always gives in for the $$$$.

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  25. All hangers-on from the previous swamp should have had their security clearances voided and revoked before POTUS Trump stepped off the inaugural stage.

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  26. WeWalkAmongstYou says:

    I’ll clear up some questions about security clearances, at least how it has worked for the past few years or so, for *most people. (the grunt govies and contractors)

    Secret is a minor clearance. Top Secret is the full clearance. TS is required to get authorized for Special Compartmental Information, thus, TS/SCI. TS/SCI requires a “SF-86” 7 year history and SSBI single scope (direct contact relations) background investigation.

    Having a TS/SCI/SSBI just means that you *can* be read into programs. Some are general blankets about types of information, others are specific projects/programs. Specific programs have a maximum number of people that can be read in. When the list is full, if someone new is read in, someone has to be read out. If you are not active on a govt program, you must be read out within (iirc) 30 days. If you are not read into any programs for (iirc) 60 days, your SCI is suspended, and special paperwork (a week or two worth) is required to reinstate. If you are suspended/inactive for more that (iirc) 6 months, (or is it a year?) even more paperwork is required to be reinstated before you can be read into any programs.

    Also, a background investigation update is required every 4-5 years. To reinstate during year 4 usually requires the update investigation. This is painful and expensive enough that this usually only happens when the government sponsor *REALLY* wants that specific person. The government sponsor requests and pays for the investigations. All clearances are “owned” by gov sponsors.

    With my perspective, all these people either are still read into programs, or are getting special treatment. (This might be normal for very senior people, or people that have exceptional knowledge and need to be periodically consulted. I have no idea.)

    Finally, when you are read in, and again when you are ready out, you sign papers informing you that you are beholden to secrecy about anything related to the programs, for 100 years, and can be imprisoned for many decades.

    The *right* question is “what programs are these people read into.” But, you will not get an answer to that question, unless you have a “need to know.”

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  27. Cankles Clinton says:

    7/23 is a sneak attack and the day will live in infamy!
    There’s certain dates that are remembered in history like 9/11, now 7/23.
    Pulling security clearance is violence.
    The people in the Nazi death camps didn’t have security clearance and you know what happened to them!

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  28. By the way WHERE the HELL are the FISA Court Judges on this?

    They’ve all seen the garbage FRAUDULENT FISA Warrants that FOUR of their peers approved.

    If they don’t come out to CONDEMN and DEMAND the IMMEDIATE REMOVAL of the FECKLESS FOUR, they have no place on ANY court and must be REMOVED!

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  29. dickturpin1 says:

    Why do you need all those alphabet agencies? What a bottomless pit for taxpayers hard earned!!!!

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  30. william elbel says:

    I have finally decided Comey and Brennan will never figure it out:
    Comey smiles too much and Brennan NEVER smiles (like he has a constant real time prostate checking device)
    And Brennan’s reason for converting to Islam was because of the warmth he experienced with Muslims, but he never shows any warmth to the rest of us and scowls all the time.

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  31. Blade says:

    In the event of a 4:00am no-knock raid that removes any hardcopy or electronic documents that you may have stupidly spirited away as souvenirs from your time in FedGov service, you would be far better off with a valid clearance of any level than having had your clearance revoked. That at least gives your new best friends at the law firm of Swamp Rats & Associates something to base your defense on. Just saying.

    Please let the President’s next troll tweet look something like this:

    Having carefully reviewed the facts I have decided to revoke clearances of the following perps effective immediately. Oh, do you recall the late night raids of Manafort and Cohen? If you’re sitting on any classified material, paper, electronic or otherwise I am granting a 24-hour amnesty for you to surrender all such items to the Attorney General. The clock starts now …

    Let’s see how well they sleep at night after that MOAB.

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    • Blade says:

      Brennan should be staying up at night waiting for Agency OIG technicians to scour his homes and equipment. Even Langley directors are not untouchable. Remember John Deutch who got a wrist slap but still had his stuff raided …

      New York Slimes :: Former Chief of C.I.A. Is Stripped Of Right to Classified Information … By STEVEN LEE MYERS AUG. 21, 1999

      The Central Intelligence Agency announced today that it had suspended the security clearance of its former Director, John M. Deutch, after concluding that as Director he had improperly handled national secrets on a desktop computer at his home.

      Mr. Deutch’s actions, which occurred during the 18 months he served as Director of Central Intelligence before resigning in December 1996, left highly classified information on an unsecured computer, vulnerable to spies or computer hackers, the agency concluded.

      The suspension is the first time in the agency’s 52 years that a former Director has been stripped of access to highly classified information.

      In a statement announcing the suspension, the agency said the current Director, George J. Tenet, had imposed the suspension ”for an indefinite period of time” after the agency’s inspector general concluded that Mr. Deutch had created a risk to the nation’s security.

      While the inspector general’s report ”found no evidence that national security information was lost, the potential for damage to U.S. security existed as a result of the actions described in the report,” the statement said.

      The accusations against Mr. Deutch arose days after he stepped down as Director, when C.I.A. technicians reviewing equipment in his house in Maryland discovered highly classified information on a computer. Although the computer belonged to the agency, it was not equipped to contain classified information.

      In April, Newsweek magazine reported that the technicians had discovered 31 secret files, including documents related to Iraq and a 1996 terrorist bombing in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 American troops. Officials at the C.I.A. declined to discuss the files in greater detail, so the extent of lapses by Mr. Deutch and the nature of the data involved remain unknown.

      In a statement also released by the agency, Mr. Deutch expressed regret for mishandling the information and acknowledged he had failed to follow the strict rules for safeguarding secrets. He said he respected Mr. Tenet’s decision to suspend his clearance.

      ”I want to make it clear that I never considered the information to be at risk or intended to violate security procedures,” Mr. Deutch said. ”But good intentions are simply not good enough. Strict compliance is the standard.”

      Mr. Deutch’s case has parallels to the one against Wen Ho Lee, a physicist at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico who was dismissed in March after being accused of transferring classified computer files to a personal computer. Mr. Lee remains the subject of an investigation into whether he passed information about the nation’s nuclear arsenal to China. He has acknowledged downloading secret files, but denies giving the material to anyone.

      Administration officials said the decision to discipline Mr. Deutch had nothing to do with the uproar over Mr. Lee and China’s espionage. But an associate of Mr. Deutch suggested that the furor over security lapses at Los Alamos had created a climate that made it difficult for the agency not to punish Mr. Deutch harshly.

      Don’t you just love precedent? Will the New York Slimes even remember their own story?

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  32. 4430lacey says:

    QUESTION: If they are no longer in the public sector, why do they still have security clearance?

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  33. Summer says:

    There is no reason for anyone leaving the service to retain the ability to access secret/confidential information. It must be automatically revoked, no exceptions. “Our side” or “their side” — does not matter.

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    • Tiana says:

      443 and Summer…

      Exactly my thoughts… automatic revocation of security clearances if you leave your job with the government… or even if you change from one department where you need security clearance to another department where you don’t…

      i.e. for instance if you change from NSA to FBI… revoke NSA clearance and get the person started on the appropriate FBI clearance…

      I work in a hospital… all our access to information is tailored on specific position… it is geared toward a need-to-know basis… if I quit then I don’t have access anymore… if I change my position then my access (clearance) is adjusted…

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  34. SalixVeridi says:

    Folk, I may have already missed an answer because this is a very long thread, but why is POTUSDJT “considering” taking the creeps’ security clearances away? Why is he considering and not doing? That seems to be wishy-washy, or the other thought I had is that it is calculating.

    Perhaps he wants America to know this and let it simmer awhile. Or, he is just dangling with them.

    Which is it? Thanks!

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    • 6x47 says:

      He’s giving the warning and letting it simmer. As with everything there is a bureaucratic process, but if the President decides to yank a clearance it’s a done deal.

      I think the plan is to let the heads explode which will get everyone talking about WHY. Which Sarah Sanders stated clearly and succinctly: These former officials are abusing their classified clearance as an imprimatur of legitimacy and monetizing their sedition.

      Basically it’s a big b***h slap to all these people who are too big for their britches.

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  35. 6x47 says:

    I love that Sen. Paul is working the tag-team routine with President Trump.

    Rand appears on TV news shows stating the facts and demanding that something must be done.

    President Trump thanks Sen. Paul for his excellent suggestions and looks into implementing them.

    Apparently President Trump got tired of waiting for someone to stand up on his own so he got Rand to do it.

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  36. Laura Wesselmann says:

    Trump is so much smarter than his enemies.

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  37. 6x47 says:

    A shill. That’s the word I was looking for: Sen. Rand Paul is acting as a shill for President Trump.

    Shill – a plant, a member of the audience who is really part of the show.

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