President Donald Trump is examining whether to revoke the security clearances of former intelligence officials who have criticized him, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday, raising the specter of a president using his office to lash out at his political critics.
Sanders accused the former officials, who include former CIA directors John Brennan and Michael Hayden, and former director of national intelligence James Clapper, of having “politicized and in some cases monetized their public service.” She added that they have made “baseless claims” about the president’s relationship and contacts with the Russian government.
Hayden told NBC News the move wouldn’t affect what he says about the administration but it “could create a chill that would be bad for policy development.”
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