Rep. Matt Gaetz, a Republican from Florida, will introduce legislation on Thursday morning that would, among other things, prohibit individuals from disclosing whether they possess a national security clearance.
The legislation would make public disclosure of a national security clearance a federal misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in incarceration and a maximum fine of $1,000 per offense.
“The American people know that the Deep State primarily exists because of the widespread abuse of national security clearances by people who were trusted to act in the interests of our country. The national security state has been weaponized against Americans to control and influence their political beliefs, especially if they align with President Donald Trump,” Gaetz said in a statement to the Daily Caller.
“Fifty-one former intelligence officers plotted and executed a plan with the Obama administration to suppress the source of information that proved corruption between Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and foreign business partners in Ukraine and China. These intel officers used their national security clearances as the imprimatur of legitimacy for their lies in order to influence the 2020 presidential election,” he continued.
“In order to ensure that this never happens again, we must pass the Security Clearance Revolving Door Act,” Gaetz concluded.
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