Virginia Democratic Sen. Mark Warner on Friday mentioned he plans to current an modification stopping President Trump from “arbitrarily revoking safety clearances.”
Warner’s announcement got here after Trump earlier this week revoked the safety clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan and hinted Friday that he would quickly do the identical for Division of Justice official Bruce Ohr.
“I can be introducing an modification subsequent week to dam the President from punishing and intimidating his critics by arbitrarily revoking safety clearances,” Warner tweeted. “Keep tuned.”
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The modification could be made to the protection appropriations invoice, which is mixed with a invoice to fund the Departments of Labor and Well being and Human Providers, and is at present on the Senate ground, Fox Information has discovered.
On Wednesday, White Home Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, in a press release on behalf of Trump, made the announcement about Brennan, saying that he “has a historical past that calls his credibility into query.”
The assertion additionally claimed that Brennan had been “leveraging” his clearance to make “wild outbursts” and claims in opposition to the Trump administration within the media.
“The president has a constitutional duty to guard categorised info and who has entry to it, and that’s what he’s doing is fulfilling that duty on this motion,” Sanders mentioned.
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Brennan, who served within the Obama administration, has typically been vital of Trump’s conduct.
In response to the revocation announcement, Warner, the highest Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, referred to as it an effort to “scare away critics.”
“That is clearly one other effort to silence critics and never enable the Mueller investigation and for that matter the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation to resolve this,” he continued.
Fox Information’ Chad Pergram, Brooke Singman and Alex Pappas contributed to this report.