The most recent examples were the White House’s revocation of former CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance Wednesday and the threats to do the same for nine other current and former officials who have run afoul of Trump. In one fell swoop, the White House effectively more than doubled its enemies list — and served notice that ex-officials who were involved in the probe will not be permitted to criticize Trump willy-nilly.
Not all the firings have come directly from Trump or relate directly to the probe; FBI officials Andrew McCabe and Peter Strzok, for instance, were terminated by the bureau after highly critical inspector-general reports, and former acting attorney general Sally Yates refused to defend Trump’s travel ban in court. But Trump has targeted all of them, and all three also saw their security clearances threatened Wednesday (even as McCabe and Strzok don’t appear to have them anymore).
Rod J. Rosenstein (acting for Russia investigation in light of Sessions’s recusal): Threatened repeatedly
James B. Comey: Fired, security clearance threatened (despite apparently not having one)
Andrew McCabe: Fired for issues unrelated to Russia probe (with Trump’s approval and after strong Trump criticisms), security clearance threatened
Leading Russia probe
Peter Strzok (as top FBI counterintelligence official): Fired for issues unrelated to Russia probe, security clearance threatened
John Brennan: Security clearance revoked
Mike Pompeo: Trump ally who later became secretary of state
Director of national intelligence
James R. Clapper Jr.: Security clearance threatened
National security adviser
Susan E. Rice: Security clearance threatened
Michael Flynn: Fired for issues unrelated to Russia probe