August 01, 2018

Legal Fact Check explores presidential power to revoke security clearances

WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2018 — The American Bar Association posted today a new ABA Legal Fact Check that explores whether the president has the legal authority to revoke the security clearances of former administration officials.

Last week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the president was considering revoking the security clearances of several former administration officials who, in Sanders’ words, have “politicized and monetized” their prior public service. The new ABA Legal Fact Check looks at past executive orders and U.S. Supreme Court cases that would suggest U.S. presidents do have the legal authority to revoke national security privileges.

ABA Legal Fact Check seeks to help the media and public find dependable answers and explanations to sometimes confusing legal questions and issues. For coverage of other timely issues in the news, these prior ABA Legal Fact Checks might be helpful:

  • Click here for an ABA Legal Fact Check on executive orders.
  • Click here for an ABA Legal Fact Check on attorney-client privilege.
  • Click here for an ABA Legal Fact Check on under what circumstances, if any, would a president be above the law.
  • Click here for an ABA Legal Fact Check on the authority of a president to issue pardons.

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