Trump: I’d revoke a Republican's clearance if they were ‘incompetent or crazy’

Trump: I’d revoke a Republican's clearance if they were ‘incompetent or crazy’
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build Trump Tower in Moscow during 2016 campaign: report DC train system losing 0k per day during government shutdown Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees MORE on Wednesday responded to criticism that he has only considered revoking the security clearances of former intelligence officials who served in Democratic administrations, saying he wouldn't rule out taking away a Republican's credentials.

Trump told The Wall Street Journal that he “would put a Republican on, too, if I thought they were incompetent or crazy.”

In a statement ready by press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Wednesday, Trump said he decided to revoke ex-CIA Director John BrennanJohn Owen BrennanBrennan calls on Congress to end shutdown before negotiating border security: Not 'subservient' to the president Washington’s reflexive opposition to Trump on Syria Brennan hopes GOP abandons Trump in 2019 over 'malfeasance, corruption' MORE's security clearance and that several other Obama-era intelligence officials' clearances are under review.


The names included former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperClapper: 'Americans should be very concerned' about lack of notes from Trump-Putin meetings Senate Intel leaders ask judge not to jail former aide amid leak investigation Mueller's findings don't matter MORE, former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Day 27 of the shutdown | Cohen reportedly paid company to rig online polls, boost his own image | Atlantic publishes ‘Impeach Donald Trump’ cover story Trump lashes out at Schumer: So funny to watch him 'groveling' 5 myths about William Barr MORE, former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden, former Deputy Attorney General Sally YatesSally Caroline YatesSpeculation swirls over candidates to succeed Rosenstein Could Nancy Pelosi be the next president of the United States? Witch hunt or mole hunt? Times bombshell blows up all theories MORE, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeFISA shocker: DOJ official warned Steele dossier was connected to Clinton, might be biased Rosenstein, DOJ exploring ways to more easily spy on journalists Trump: I never worked for Russia MORE, former FBI agent Peter Strzok, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page and Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr.

Critics quickly pointed out that every individual on the list served in the Obama administration. One journalist noted in Wednesday's news briefing that the list did not include Trump's own former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pleaded has guilty to lying to the FBI as part of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's investigation.

Trump told the Journal that his decision was connected to the investigation into Russian interference, noting that he holds Brennan and the other former intelligence officials accountable for starting the probe.

Brennan served as CIA director under former President Obama, and was one of the officials who briefed Trump prior to his inauguration on evidence of Russian interference.

He has since become one of the most vocal critics of the Trump administration, frequently tearing into the president on Twitter and suggesting he lacks the decency to hold the office.

Sanders denied that the revocation was meant to send a message to Trump's critics, instead referring to a statement from Trump that said Brennan was leveraging his clearance to make “unfounded and outrageous” charges about the current administration.