Trump planning on revoking more security clearances: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday shows preview: Trump sells U.N. reorganizing and Kavanaugh allegations dominate Ex-Trump staffer out at CNN amid “false and defamatory accusations” Democrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her MORE is reportedly gearing up to revoke more security clearances from former intelligence officials who were tied to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The Washington Post reported Thursday, citing two unidentified White House officials, that the president is eager to strip more security clearances from former officials, a day after he revoked ex-CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanNew book: Putin tried to reinforce Trump’s belief in a ‘deep state’ undermining him Retired admiral resigned from Pentagon advisory committee after writing open letter to Trump Rand Paul ramps up his alliance with Trump MORE's security clearance.

The aides who spoke to the publication said that the president grew increasingly frustrated earlier in the summer with Brennan, who has long criticized Trump throughout his presidency.

Trump accused Brennan and other former intelligence officials of using their credentials for profit, the aides claimed.


Trump has drafted a list of former intelligence officials whose clearances could be revoked, a list White House press secretary Sarah Sanders read during a briefing this week.

According to the aides who spokes to The Post, former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyDershowitz: Trump's lawyers could force Rosenstein to recuse himself from Mueller probe New York Times defends bombshell Rosenstein report Donald Trump’s Rosenstein dilemma MORE and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeFormer federal prosecutor joins Kavanaugh accuser's legal team FBI group defends agents amid Trump’s attacks Donald Trump’s Rosenstein dilemma MORE are among those being focused on by Trump, though The Post noted that both men lost their security clearances when they were fired.

Officials claimed he wanted them included on the list anyway.

The report arrives a day after Trump revoked Brennan’s security clearance, a move that was widely regarded as an attempt to retaliate against a vocal critic of his administration. 

The president later said in an interview on Wednesday that he decided to revoke Brennan’s clearance due to his role in the early stages of the Russia probe. 

Trump said that he considers Brennan and other former intelligence officials whose clearances he's considering revoking among the leaders of the investigation. 

“I call it the rigged witch hunt, [it] is a sham. And these people led it!” Trump said hours after Brennan's clearance was being revoked.

“So I think it’s something that had to be done," he added.