Sarah Huckabee Sanders has just announced President Donald Trump has revoked the security clearance of one of his top critics, former CIA Director John Brennan.
Also under review are the security clearances of other mostly former DOJ officials, including some Trump critics. Among them: Jim Comey, Andrew McCabe, James Clapper, Michael Hayden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Bruce Ohr, and Peter Strzok. Ohr is a current federal employee.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 15, 2018
Monday night MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow posted a list of all the agents at the FBI who Jim Comey spoke to about his contemporaneous memos detailing his conversations with President Trump. All but one have been fired or have resigned. Three of the seven names on that list Huckabee Sanders says are under review.
The revocation of Brennan’s clearance appears to be an act of political retribution. MSNBC’s Katy Tur says the move is an attempt to get Omarosa out of the news cycle.
— Benjamin Wittes (@benjaminwittes) August 15, 2018
This has zero to do with national security. This is an Official Enemies List. The offense: exercising 1st Amendment rights. https://t.co/tNLr86S4m5
— Michael R. Bromwich (@mrbromwich) August 15, 2018
John Brennan's public service:
-CIA station chief in Saudi Arabia
-CIA chief of staff
-Director of Terrorist Threat Integration Center
-Director of National Counter terrorism Center
-White House Homeland Security Adviser
-Briefed three presidents
— Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) August 15, 2018
Trump’s decision to revoke former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance is political retribution. First time a former DCI has been attacked by a president.
— Robert Katula (@undethebltarp) August 15, 2018
How many more times is Trump going to get away with this type of thing before Congress revokes his security clearance under the impeachment clause?
Americans are fed up with his infringement of the 1st Amendment and other violations.https://t.co/cAQ11yzZFQ via @nypost
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) August 15, 2018
Decorated former CIA Director John Brennan gets his security clearance revoked but Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner still have theirs. The timeline we live in is an absolute joke.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) August 15, 2018
Per Sarah Sanders, Turmp is personally revoking the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan because of "erratic behavior." Says Brennan's public statements help our enemies who seek to "divide" and sow chaos.
… said w/o a hint of irony. Or situational awareness.
— Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) August 15, 2018
Shorter Sarah Huckabee Sanders: In order to change the subject from Trump being a racist and the existence of a N-word tape, John Brennan's security clearance has been revoked and others may lose theirs. #ShinyObjectWednesday
— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) August 15, 2018
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‘Greatly Representative of Our Nation’: Trump Says the RNC Will ‘Probably’ Use White House for His Convention Speech
President Donald Trump on Wednesday confirmed that the RNC is considering holding a portion of its August convention on the White House grounds, an unprecedented break with acceptable norms and ethics.
Calling the White House “greatly representative of our nation,” Trump says he will “probably” accept the GOP nomination from the South Lawn and deliver his acceptance speech there.
“I’ll probably do mine live from the White House,” Trump said on “Fox & Friends,” NBC News reports. He claimed one of the reasons to do it at the White House is to save the taxpayers money.
“It would be the easiest from the standpoint of security,” he said. “It’s a very expensive operation militarily, and law enforcement-wise the Secret Service is fantastic. But, you know, it’s a big deal, and we’re thinking about doing it from the White House because there’s no movement, it’s easy and I think it’s a beautiful setting.”
Trump’s speech is scheduled for Thursday, August 27, just three weeks from tomorrow.
Experts say anyone in the administration participating, aside from Trump and the Vice President, would be in violation of the Hatch Act.
Here’s the president discussing his convention plans:
Defending plans to accept the Republican nomination at the White House, Trump says he likes DC: “I spend a lot of time here and I like it. And I think it’s a great place, and greatly representative of our nation.” pic.twitter.com/C3V4LN9UYr
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) August 5, 2020
Trump May Deliver Convention Speech and Accept GOP Nomination From the South Lawn of the White House
President Donald Trump may make yet another move to obliterate longstanding norms and the separation of politics from matters of state by accepting the GOP nomination for president and delivering his convention speech, all televised across the nation, live, from the vaunted South Lawn of the White House.
“Republican National Convention planners are considering the White House South Lawn,” The Washington Post reports.
It is yet another unprecedented move, one that fits in well with Trump’s usurpation of the power and trappings of the Oval Office for personal and political gain, and his equating of the Office of the Presidency with himself.
“Every White House staff member who participates in this violates the Hatch Act,” law professor and former chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter says.
The Hatch Act “does not apply to ‘rooms in the White House or in the residence of the Vice President, which are part of the residence area or which are not regularly used solely in the discharge of official duties,'” the Post notes.
The New York Times reported Monday the interior of the White House is also being considered by the RNC.
Local Police Unions Are Colluding With Trump’s Secret Police Force — and Not Telling Elected City Officials
Local police unions appear to be going around the elected officials who oversee their departments to work with federal agents to crack down on protesters in some cities.
Leaders in Chicago and Portland have publicly disavowed federal law enforcement policing demonstrations in their cities, the president of Portland’s police union met with Homeland Security acting secretary Chad Wolf last week to discuss Customs and Border Protection agents, reported The Daily Beast.
That meeting apparently came without the knowledge of the city’s police chief, and the president of Chicago’s police union reached out to President Donald Trump for federal intervention against protesters in that city.
The administration is sending 150 federal agents with Homeland Security Investigations to Chicago, and protesters there have said local police and federal agents are obviously working together.
Trump has threatened to send federal agents into other cities, including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore and Oakland as a show of force against protests that have continued for just about two months following the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd.
Daryl Turner, the president of Portland’s police union, met with Trump’s DHS acting secretary after the Portland Police Association passed a vote of no confidence against the city’s elected officials, and the police chief seemed confused about whether officers had met with Wolf.
Portland police are bound by a judge’s injunction forbidding tear gas and other less-lethal tactics, but federal agents are not — and activists believe local officers are using those unbadged and camouflaged agents as cover.
“They stand right next to each other and shoot us at the same time,” said local activist Greg McElvey. “That’s usually the telltale. They disperse crowds at the same time, we see them talk to each other. Other than throwing people into vans, this is all stuff the Portland Police were already doing.”
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