Over the weekend, rumors started to fly about the possibility of more security clearances being revoked.
Now, names have been put to the rumors and at least nine former Obama staffers stand to lose their security clearances.
On the Block
After seeing the list, it is hard to argue with the Trump administration about the individuals currently under investigation with the threat of having their clearances revoked.
The prominent Obama-era staffers include former FBI director James Comey, former director of national intelligence James Clapper, former U.S. deputy attorney general Sally Yates, former deputy director of the FBI Andrew McCabe, and former national security adviser Susan Rice.
Others named include former director of the NSA Michael Hayden, former FBI agent Peter Strzok, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, and former U.S. associate deputy attorney general Bruce Ohr.
Every one of these individuals is believed to have leaked information or have acted irresponsibly at one point or another.
For instance, both Strzok and Page exchanged compromising tweets about the presidential election.
Ohr and Yates are suspected to have helped Christopher Steele while he put together the bogus Russian dossier on President Donald Trump.
Both Comey and McCabe were outed during oversight committee investigations of having leaking information to the media. Considering McCabe was under investigation and Comey was terminated while serving (meaning not just because of an administration claim), there is no reason for either of them to have a clearance.
Everyone else on the list is suspected of having used classified information to politicize intelligence information.
Something to consider, though, is how this will impact members of this administration once Trump leaves office.
Eventually, Democrats will win the presidency and you know a big heaping plate of revenge will be on the table.
As touched upon by John Bolton, it may be time to review the policy of allowing security clearances to remain intact as a whole.
That would eliminate any perception of wrongdoing by the administration and it would surely protect the security of our country.