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Rep. Guthrie Seeks Review of Security Clearances, Goodwill Gesture from Putin

Office of U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY)

As President Trump considers revoking the securing clearances of some former intelligence officials, Kentucky's 2nd District Congressman, Brett Guthrie, says there should be a review of who gets and maintains access to classified information. 

In an interview with WKU Public Radio, the Bowling Green Republican said he was surprised to learn that some staffers outside of an administration are allowed to keep their security credentials.

"I don't think we need to say that these people, because they made comments against the president, should necessarily lose their security clearance because of that, but I do think that people, once they leave an administration, they shouldn't have a security clearance," stated Guthrie.

Rep. Guthrie says he thinks only ex-presidents should have security clearances at the end of an administration. 

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said on Monday that he asked President Trump to revoke the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan after he criticized the president’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

The GOP lawmaker praised the meeting as an effort to build a better relationship with Russia.

While he has some reservations about a White House visit this fall, Congressman Guthrie says the U.S. does need to maintain an open dialogue with Putin.

"What would I like? I would hope that he would support Europe, he would support NATO, we could have trade and economically work together," commented Guthrie.

Guthrie says the U.S Should be careful when bringing foreign leaders to the White House because of the welcome signal that it sends the rest of the world.  The Bowling Green Republican says he’d like to see a some positive action by Putin, such as pulling out of Crimea, before his visit to show that he’s coming in good faith.  Guthrie credits North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un for releasing some American prisoners following his meeting with President Trump. 

Rep. Guthrie says he thinks there is no interest in inviting Putin to speak to a joint session of Congress.

Lisa is a Scottsville native and WKU alum. She has worked in radio as a news reporter and anchor for 18 years. Prior to joining WKU Public Radio, she most recently worked at WHAS in Louisville and WLAC in Nashville. She has received numerous awards from the Associated Press, including Best Reporter in Kentucky. Many of her stories have been heard on NPR.
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