Members of Congress are pushing back against a floated White House idea of pulling the security clearances of top former intelligence officials in the Obama administration who have criticized President Donald Trump.
The No. 2 Republican, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, said Monday that he can understand Trump’s aggravation at some former officials who “have obviously donned the uniform of the opposition team.” But he says, “I don’t know whether they’ve been abusing their security clearance at all. That’s a very serious allegation.”
The top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, says revoking the clearances would be “ironic” considering the questions raised about granting them to Trump’s family.
He says, “For them to start pointing fingers is ridiculous.”
Source: Associated Press