White House drafts docs for Trump to revoke more security clearances: report

White House drafts docs for Trump to revoke more security clearances: report
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The White House has drafted more documents to revoke the security clearances of current and former officials who have been critical of President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies Judge suggests Trump’s tweet about Stormy Daniels was ‘hyperbole’ not defamation Rosenstein faces Trump showdown MORE, The Washington Post reported Friday.

Trump is reportedly prepared to sign “most, if not all” of the directives, a senior White House official told The Post.

The official also told the newspaper that White House communications staffers, including press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, are discussing when it is best to release the announcements as a way to pull attention from negative media reports.

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Trump earlier this week revoked the security clearance of former 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, a frequent and vocal critic of the president.

The White House denied that the move was in retaliation for Brennan’s criticism. He and others have disputed that claim, and the revocation has drawn the ire of current and former intelligence officials.

The announcement on Brennan’s security clearance came as the White House faced a barrage of negative media reports this week surrounding former aide Omarosa Manigault NewmanOmarosa Onee Manigault NewmanFeehery: Are you (October) surprised? Juan Williams: Trump's war on civil rights Sales of political books up 25 percent in 2018: report MORE’s new tell-all book about her time in the administration.

Trump said earlier Friday that he is ready to revoke the security clearance of Justice Department official Bruce Ohr.

“I think Bruce Ohr is a disgrace. I suspect I'll be taking it away very quickly," the president told reporters outside the White House. “For him to be in the Justice Department and doing what he did, that is a disgrace.”

Ohr's wife, Nellie, worked for the political consulting firm Fusion GPS. The firm hired Christopher Steele, the former British spy whose controversial dossier alleged ties between Trump and the Kremlin.

Ohr worked in the deputy attorney general’s office until late last year. He was demoted after he was found to have had contact with Steele.

The White House earlier this week said that it was considering pulling security clearances for a number of former officials, including former Director of National Intelligence James ClapperJames Robert ClapperNational security leaders: Trump's Iran strategy could spark war FBI memos detail ‘partisan axes,’ secret conflicts behind the Russia election meddling assessment Foreign hackers a legitimate concern for ballot machines, says cybersecurity expert MORE, former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyWhy must everything Rosenstein be filled with drama?   Dems fight to protect Mueller amid Rosenstein rumors Trump to meet with Rosenstein on Thursday MORE, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Rosenstein heads to White House | Expects to be fired | Dems investigate second Kavanaugh allegation McCabe: Rosenstein firing would put Mueller probe at risk House Judiciary chair threatens subpoena if DOJ doesn’t supply McCabe memos by Tuesday MORE, former National Security Agency (NSA) Director Michael Hayden and former FBI staffers Lisa Page and Peter Strzok.

Several of the former officials have said that they already no longer have security clearances.