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 TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration 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 BrennanOvernight Defense: Trump declares border emergency | .6B in military construction funds to be used for wall | Trump believes Obama would have started war with North Korea | Pentagon delivers aid for Venezuelan migrants Trump: I believe Obama would have gone to war with North Korea Intel agencies' threat assessment matters more than tiff 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 NewmanEx-Trump campaign staffer files claim to invalidate all NDAs for campaign workers Ex-White House aide Cliff Sims sues Trump NYT: White House says Trump's tan is the result of ‘good genes’ 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 ClapperMueller report may be 'anti-climactic,' says ex-intelligence director Intelligence chiefs should be commended, despite Trump's attacks on them Hillicon Valley: House Intel panel will release Russia interviews | T-Mobile, Sprint step up merger push | DHS cyber office hosting webinars on China | Nest warns customers to shore up password security MORE, former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyFBI’s top lawyer believed Hillary Clinton should face charges, but was talked out of it Dems seize on Times bombshell to push allegations of Trump obstruction Trump calls Andrew McCabe a 'poor man's J. Edgar Hoover' MORE, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeDems seize on Times bombshell to push allegations of Trump obstruction Trump calls Andrew McCabe a 'poor man's J. Edgar Hoover' Dershowitz says talks to use 25th Amendment to oust Trump could amount to 'unconstitutional coup' 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.