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JULY 25, 2018

     Those who obstruct and have malice offer no positive help. The White House named a handful of former US intelligence officials it says President Donald Trump wants to punish by revoking their security clearances. The move is motivated by the former officials' criticism of Trump.  That proposal received some swift reaction in the intelligence community and throughout Washington on Monday. Presidential administrations have historically relied on former leaders, like the heads of the CIA and FBI, who typically maintain a security clearance after their service has ended, for the purpose of advising the current officials on matters of national security. There is no need for advice from Brennan and Clapper.

     In a moment of crisis, these people may offer valuable insight and expertise that could help inform the current administration's decision, said CNN Pentagon correspondent, Barbara Starr. "You want to be able to go back to the former officials who dealt with these problems and be able to talk with them in a classified setting," Starr said on Monday.

     The White House said the former CIA director John Brennan, former national security adviser Susan Rice, and the former director of national intelligence James Clapper are among those Trump is targeting for security clearance revocation. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders accused the group of having "politicized" and "monetized" their clearances.

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