So this happened during the White House daily press briefing on Monday:
Sanders on removing former CIA director John Brennan's security clearance: "Not only is the president looking to take away Brennan's security clearance, he is also looking into the clearances of Comey, Clapper, Hayden, Rice and McCabe." https://t.co/LmopNOycBT pic.twitter.com/M4uXAK375h
— CBS News (@CBSNews) July 23, 2018
That list again:
– former CIA director John Brennan
– former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper
– former FBI Director Jim Comey
– former CIA director Michael Hayden
– former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice
– former FBI deputy director Andrea McCabe
The question stemmed from statements made earlier in the day by Sen. Rand Paul:
In an unusual move, Paul wrote that he will meet with Trump on Monday to discuss allegations that Brennan is “monetizing his security clearance” and “making millions of dollars divulging secrets to mainstream media.” Paul added that he would ask Trump to revoke Brennan’s clearance.
CNN has reached out to representatives for Brennan and has not yet received a response.
Is John Brennan monetizing his security clearance? Is John Brennan making millions of dollars divulging secrets to the mainstream media with his attacks on @realDonaldTrump ?
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) July 23, 2018
For her part, Sec. Sanders was ready for the question with the list of above officials, and was reading verbatim from notes during both the initial question and the follow-up. Clearly the White House has a plan here. Whether they follow through, have evidence of wrong doing on those individuals parts, and what the response will be, remains to be seen.