'It's All a Deflection': Pelosi, Dems Slam Trump for Considering Revoking Security Clearances
Schiff: 'Cowardly action' of someone who's afraid of critics.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and her colleagues slammed President Trump for considering revoking the security clearances of several top Obama-era intelligence and law enforcement officials.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday that Trump is looking into the clearances of former CIA Director John Brennan, former FBI Director James Comey, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and former CIA Director Michael Hayden.
She accused them of having "politicized" or "monetized" their public service and "making baseless accusations" about the president.
Comey's and McCabe's clearances were deactivated when they were fired from the FBI.
"This is so extraordinary. The last thing you want in intelligence is partisanship, and we were able to avoid that for such a long time," Pelosi said Monday as she and other Democratic lawmakers introduced a resolution condemning Trump's statements during his summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland.
"This makes the case. We are the first branch of government, the legislative branch," the House Minority Leader said of the resolution, accusing Trump of trying to deflect attention away from the summit.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) ripped Trump for considering revoking the clearances, calling it "a cowardly action of someone who is afraid of criticism."
Other Democratic lawmakers and pundits took to social media to react to Trump possibly pulling the clearances.
What makes Brennan, Comey, Clapper, Hayden, Rice & McCabe damning critics is not their security clearances, it’s that they were all committed public servants & are patriotic Americans.
They all recognize that Trump is putting himself above our country and betraying our values.
— Rep. Ted Deutch (@RepTedDeutch) July 24, 2018
Today, Trump threatened a newspaper with government intervention, threatened to use his powers to go after a private company, and threatened to take away the security clearances for anyone who criticizes him.
I thought Republicans feared dictatorial government?
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 24, 2018
President Trump has forgotten that thousands of Americans with security clearances were hacked. Please, we need to have a check on his behavior. This is not petty politics. Our national security is on the line. Here’s what we need now: #CheckAndBalance https://t.co/JlswE6yPcr
— Donna Brazile (@donnabrazile) July 24, 2018
Let’s be clear why fmr. officials keep their security clearances — ENTIRELY for our security as it allows current nat’l sec. officials to consult w/ experts. By revoking clearances, @realDonaldTrump makes you less safe. But he doesn’t care about you, just his fragile ego.
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) July 24, 2018
We’ve just taken another big step towards Autocracy. An illegitimate President just threatened to remove security clearances from John Brennan, James Clapper & Michael Hayden for being patriots who are critical of a POTUS hell bent on destroying Democracy. Save the US. VOTE!!!
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) July 23, 2018
Q: What do these things all have in common? The NFL, threatening Iran and security clearances?
A: They don't tell us what happened in Helsinki
— Heidi Przybyla (@HeidiPrzybyla) July 23, 2018
On "The Story", Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said that he supports Trump's decision, calling out Brennan for 2012 gaffe which nearly cost the life of a double agent.