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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 TrumpKey takeaways from the Arizona Senate debate Major Hollywood talent firm considering rejecting Saudi investment money: report Mattis says he thought 'nothing at all' about Trump saying he may leave administration 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 BrennanBrennan: Saudi denials of involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance 'ring hollow' Clinton's security clearance withdrawn at her request Mr. President, tear down the wall hiding those FISA abuses 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 ClapperWrong for Democrats to call for more Kavanaugh investigations The Hill's Morning Report — Where the Kavanaugh nomination stands Hillicon Valley: 50M affected by Facebook hack | Google CEO to testify on Capitol Hill | Tesla shares slump after SEC sues | House Intel votes to release Russia probe transcripts | Dem holds up passage of key intel bill MORE, former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyFBI investigated whether McCabe leaked info about Flynn and Trump to media House Judiciary chairman threatens to subpoena Rosenstein Three reasons Mueller may not charge Trump with obstruction MORE, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeFBI investigated whether McCabe leaked info about Flynn and Trump to media Clinton's security clearance withdrawn at her request Rod Rosenstein must recuse himself 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.