Jordan wants security clearance taken from more Obama-era officials, not just Brennan

Jordan wants security clearance taken from more Obama-era officials, not just Brennan
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) believes a host of other Obama-era officials should lose their security clearance, in addition to former CIA Director John Brennan. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

After President Donald Trump revoked former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance Wednesday, a prominent GOP congressman believes the president shouldn’t stop there, according to The Hill.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) tweeted a list of other Obama-era officials who he believed should lose their security clearance.

“Clapper lied under oath. Rice Blamed Benghazi on a video. Comey fired. McCabe fired. Strzok fired. Yates fired. Page demoted, then left. Ohr demoted,” Jordan tweeted. “If any of these folks still have a clearance, they should lose it too.”

Jordan was referencing former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former national security adviser Susan Rice, former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI agent Peter Strzok, former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, and Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr.

Will Brennan be the only one?

Trump, in his statement announcing Brennan’s revoked clearance, named many of the same people Jordan said should be cut off.

“As part of the review, I am evaluating action with respect to the following individuals: James Clapper, James Comey, Michael Hayden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr,” the statement said. “Security clearances for those who still have them may be revoked, and those who have already lost their security clearances may not be able to have them reinstated.”

Revoked for criticizing Trump?

Trump said Brennan’s clearance was revoked due to a pattern of “erratic behavior” and dishonesty.

“Mr. Brennan has recently leveraged his status as a former high-ranking official with access to highly sensitive information to make a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations, wild outbursts on the internet and television about this administration,” Sanders read from Trump’s statement. “Mr. Brennan’s lying and recent conduct characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary is wholly inconsistent with access to the nation’s most closely held secrets and facilities.”

Still some have accused the president of using security clearance as a way of punishing former officials who are critical of him. Former high-ranking security and intelligence officials typically retain their clearance in order to assist those still working for the government.

According to The New York Times, more than 4 million people have security clearance, and more than a million have top secret clearance. All those listed in Trump’s statement have opposed Trump in one way or another.