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What they're saying: Intel officials react to Trump's clearance threats

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Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Photo: William B. Plowman/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images

Former intelligence and law enforcement officials have all pushed back on Sarah Sanders' announcement that Trump is considering taking away their security clearances, as well as those of other former intelligence officials.

What they're saying: "This is a very, very petty thing to do," Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said.

Internal FBI survey shows eroding faith in leadership

Christopher Wray testifying
FBI director nominee Christopher Wray testifies during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Confidence in the FBI's senior leadership among rank-and-file employees has dropped from previous years, according to an internal climate survey obtained by Lawfare.

Why it matters: The survey confirms that the dismissal of former FBI director James Comey and deputy director Andrew McCabe, in tandem with the Peter Strzok scandal and President Trump's barrage of attacks against the intelligence community, have created an air of instability within the bureau.