Ryan: Trump 'trolling people' by threatening revoking clearances

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanCorey Stewart fires aide who helped bring far-right ideas to campaign: report GOP super PAC hits Randy Bryce with ad starring his brother Super PACs spend big in high-stakes midterms MORE (R-Wis.) suggested President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE is “trolling” several former top intelligence officials by threatening to revoke their security clearance.

“I think he’s trolling people, honestly,” Ryan told reporters on Tuesday. “This is something that is in the purview of the executive branch. I think some of these people have lost their clearance already; some people keep their clearances.

“That’s something that the executive branch deals with. That’s not really in our purview,” he added.

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A day earlier, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the Trump administration is considering revoking the security clearance for a number of former officials. Those officials, who served in top levels of the Obama administration, have been highly critical of Trump.

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