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My Security Revocation is Trump Attempt to Silence Critics — Former CIA Chief

My Security Revocation is Trump Attempt to Silence Critics — Former CIA Chief

The president said he was fulfilling his "constitutional responsibility to protect the nation's classified information". "Mr Trump's claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash".

President Trump revoked Brennan's security clearance Wednesday, claiming Brennan was acting "erratic". He has frequently criticized the president on television news shows and in blistering tweets that Trump on Wednesday called "wild outbursts". Trump said in the interview, a full transcript of which was not immediately published by the newspaper.

Sanders announced that President Donald Trump will remove the security clearance from former Obama administration Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, a vocal critic of the president, and the administration will be reviewing the security clearances for a number of other former officials.

All are critics of the president or are people whom Trump appears to believe are against him. Joseph McCarthy's anti-communist crusade in the 1950s or President Richard M. Nixon's targeting of critics on his "enemies list".

The initial White House statement about Brennan's clearance made no reference to the Russian Federation investigation.

Speaking on RTÉ's Drivetime, Mr Brennan said the move was "designed to punish me for my public criticism of Mr Trump".

But Trump, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, connected Brennan and other intelligence officials with Mueller's probe.

Unfortunately for Trump, Manigault-Newman's book is likely to continue to hold the news cycle.

High-ranking government officials sometimes retain security clearances after leaving office to advise their successors as needed, and some private sector companies can also require them.

They include former FBI Director James Comey; James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence; former CIA Director Michael Hayden; former national security adviser Susan Rice; and Andrew McCabe, who served as Trump's deputy FBI director until he was sacked in March. Trump said he is reviewing security clearances for the eight individuals pictured.

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Trump said that's why he wanted to strip Brennan of his security clearance.

They include Comey; James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence; former CIA Director Michael Hayden; former national security adviser Susan Rice; and Andrew McCabe, who served as Trump's deputy Federal Bureau of Investigation director until he was sacked in March. Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department official now in the criminal division, was also on the White House list. Mueller has indicted or secured guilty pleas from 32 people and three companies, including Russian intelligence officials and former Trump aides.

"I don't trust many of those people on that list", he said. "I really don't. And I don't think he's qualified to have one", Kennedy said, calling Brennan a "butthead". "I don't know why they give them security clearances anyway other than maybe a transition period", Shelby added.

At least two of the former officials, Comey and McCabe, do not now have security clearances, and none of the eight receive intelligence briefings.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders calls on a member of the media during the daily press briefing at the White House, Aug. 15, 2018.

Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, warns a "dangerous precedent" is being set.

Several Republicans also weighed in, with Sen.

"It feels very much like a banana republic kind of thing", Corker said.

The White House did not provide evidence that Brennan revealed national secrets or disclosed classified information, and did not immediately explain why Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was not among those whose access was being reviewed.


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