Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul is urging President Donald Trump to revoke John Bolton’s security clearance immediately.

I liked John Bolton in the beginning. But he seemed to be given to pouting spells if his advice was not taken, and often his hawkish advice was ill-advised where cooler heads prevailing was a more prudent course of action.

Why does Bolton even have a security clearance? He is no longer in the government, thus no longer has a “need to know.”

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Having held a Top Secret security clearance my entire time on active duty as an Army officer, I can attest to the fact that requirement #1 in accessing classified information is “need to know.” Even if you have a Top Secret security clearance, if you do not possess a “need to know” the classified information, then you can and will be denied access.

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“No one, especially not John Bolton, should be able to use their security clearance for profit!” Rand tweeted. “I say revoke his clearance now ⁦@realDonaldTrump⁩.”