White House press secretary Sarah Sanders doubled down on congressional calls for former CIA Director John Brennan to lose his security.
Sanders was asked Monday during the press briefing if the president will “call for the removal of former director Brennan’s security clearance.”
Sanders said not only is the White House looking at stripping Brennan’s security clearance, they are looking at stripping the clearances of a wide range of officials.
“Not only is the president looking to take away Brennan’s security clearance, he is also looking into the clearances of Comey, Clapper, Hayden, Rice and McCabe,” Sanders said, “The president is exploring the mechanisms to remove security clearance because they politicized and in some cases monetized their public service and security clearances.”
“Making baseless accusations of improper contact with Russia or being influenced by Russia against the president is extremely inappropriate,” Sanders continued. “And the fact that people with security clearances are making these baseless charges provides inappropriate legitimacy to accusations with zero evidence.”
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul tweeted Monday morning that he would be asking Trump to revoke Brennan’s clearance. The former CIA director said Trump’s behavior at last week’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin “exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes & misdemeanors.'”
“It was nothing short of treasonous,” Brennan tweeted.