Huckabee: Who Knew You Could Leave the Gov't and 'Keep Your Hall Pass'?
Supports revoking clearances of Obama-era officials.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said he sees no issues with revoking security clearances from top Obama-era intelligence officials.
On Monday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said that President Trump is looking into yanking clearances from a number of officials, including former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
Speaking on "America's Newsroom" Tuesday, Huckabee -- a Fox News contributor -- said that he was shocked to find out that they still had their clearances.
"It never occurred to me that you could walk out the door of your job and keep your hall pass," he said.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Monday had also called for the president to revoke Brennan's security clearance, questioning whether he was “monetizing” his ability to access to information while in his current roles at NBC News and MSNBC.
Is John Brennan monetizing his security clearance? Is John Brennan making millions of dollars divulging secrets to the mainstream media with his attacks on @realDonaldTrump ?
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 23, 2018
The president is also considering revoking the clearances for former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and former NSA Director Michael Hayden.
Huckabee on Tuesday referenced Brennan's scathing criticism of Trump's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, which Brennan called "treasonous."
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"That is an offense, that if guilty, you could be executed for it. That's not a minor thing, for a former CIA official to be that unhinged," Huckabee said.
Sen. Paul said Monday night on "The Story with Martha MacCallum" that there's a "great danger" to having former officials work as "talking heads" on television while still holding access to classified information that they could accidentally disclose.
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