The White house statement that the possibility to deny access to classified information, six former intelligence officers and law enforcement officials, including ex-CIA Director John Brennan and former head of the FBI James Komi Republic, was subject to criticism by some American lawmakers.
The leader of the democratic minority in the House of representatives Nancy Pelosi said that such a step the White house is “extraordinary”.
“The last thing we need in intelligence, is a political addiction. For a long time we have been able to avoid this. Whether the President’s decision an abuse of power? He denies security clearance those who have no such access. If he knows what he’s talking about? This just proves our innocence,” she said.
Pelosi statement was supported by another prominent Congressman, Democrat Adam Schiff.
“Today’s actions, I assume that we’re going to punish critics of the President, denying them the right to access to classified materials. It is not inherent in democracy. Such actions you can see in authoritarian regimes. To talk about the deprivation of to inside information of people who have served for decades in the army and in the intelligence community who served our country only for the reason that the President didn’t like what they say is a cowardly act of someone afraid of criticism”.
The white house said on Monday that the possibility to deny access to classified information, six former intelligence officers and law enforcement officials, including ex-CIA Director John Brennan and former head of the FBI James Komi.
“The President is considering the possibility to deny admission not only Brennan, but Komi, Hayden, Clapper, rice and McCabe,” – said the press Secretary of the White house Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Refers to former NSA Director Michael Hayden, former Director of National intelligence James Clapper, former national security adviser, Susan rice, and former Deputy Director of the FBI’s Andrew McCabe.
“The President is studying the mechanisms for depriving them of access to classified documents, because they politicize and in some cases monetize its public services and security clearances. Unfounded allegations of improper contact with Russia or its influence on President trump are highly inappropriate. The fact that people with access to classified information make such baseless accusations, gives them legitimacy without real evidence,” added Sarah Sanders