President Trump is taking shots from all angles after revoking the security clearances for John Brennan. Guess what! Trump has at least nine more people lined up and ready to revoke their security clearances. Some of the nine people I will mention shortly may not actually have their clearances anymore (they’ll have to investigate), but Trump might be on the warpath to steamroll over anyone who doesn’t actually need their clearances at all.
While Trump is lining them up, getting ready to knock them out, it’s Mark Warner, (D-VA), who announced plans that he will present an amendment designed to “block” the president from revoking security clearances. Now we have a potential for quite the battle. It appears as though Warner wants to prevent President Trump from “arbitrarily revoking security clearances.” Of course, this is his plan and we must wait until next week to see what he does to put it in action. This could provide for a very juicy story next week, as it will likely face a roaring of backlash and possibly be struck down. Isn’t it within the president’s rights to remove security clearances from people whom he believes no longer need to be cleared?
Breitbart stated: “Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) said Friday he intends to present an amendment to “block” President Trump from “arbitrarily revoking security clearances.”
The Senate Intelligence Committee’s highest-ranking Democrat tweeted his announcement Friday afternoon in response to the Trump administration’s decision to revoke former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance:
— Mark Warner (@MarkWarner) August 17, 2018
Warner’s plans to add his proposal to the Senate’s defense appropriations bill, which also has provisions to fund the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services, Fox News reported.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced on Trump’s behalf Wednesday that the administration would revoke Brennan’s security clearance, saying he “has a history that calls in to question his objectivity and credibility.”
While Trump faces a backlash from Warner, and many others, he’s got the following nine people just waiting to have their security clearances revoked, as per Washington Post: “[Bruce] Ohr is the only current official on the White House list of clearances Trump wants to lift. The others are former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper Jr.; former CIA director Michael V. Hayden; former FBI director James B. Comey; Obama national security adviser Susan E. Rice; former FBI officials Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok; and former acting attorney general Sally Yates.”
I don’t predict that any of them would really care about having their security clearances revoked. I don’t see why Trump would need them either.
The keyword in front of many of those names is “FORMER” and if you’re not currently working there, then what do you need security clearances for? Like many jobs, when you’re no longer an employee, then you usually hand in your work ID or give up the right to walk right into the building and into certain areas. Even at the fast food level, a former employee can no longer walk right into the kitchen and snack on some fries.
What does Peter Strzok need security clearances for when he has a GoFundMe account with over $400,000 waiting for him? That guy will be living the life if those funds are released. Well, that all depends on how much his wife takes after she was allegedly cheated on.
Just because someone had security clearances before, that doesn’t mean they need them now.
Trump better act fast, that way he doesn’t need to worry about Warner’s planned amendment.
If Warner’s amendment goes through, then Trump will likely battle it.
Let’s see who acts first and hope that it’s President Trump.