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 Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again 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 BrennanTrump critic Brennan praises his Iran decision: I 'applaud' him Schumer: Trump must get congressional approval before any military action against Iran 'Fox & Friends' co-host Kilmeade: Trump needs to 'clarify' comments on accepting foreign campaign intelligence 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 NewmanOn The Money: Powell asserts Fed's independence amid new Trump attacks | House approves 3 billion spending package | CBO projects 'unprecedented' debt levels by 2049 | Democrats struggle with Trump tax law provision DOJ files federal lawsuit against Omarosa, alleging she violated ethics law White House hires director of African American outreach after post was vacant for months: 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 ClapperGeraldo Rivera: Comey, Clapper, Brennan should be 'quaking' in their boots over Barr investigation Trump declassification move unnerves Democrats Comey: 'The FBI doesn't spy, the FBI investigates' MORE, former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyBiden is the least electable candidate — here's why Top Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissmann lands book deal Trump to appear on 'Meet the Press' for first time as president MORE, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeMcCabe says it's 'absolutely' time to launch impeachment inquiry into Trump Feds gone wild: DOJ's stunning inability to prosecute its own bad actors Comey: Trump peddling 'dumb lies' 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.