Trump Plans to Revoke DOJ Official's Security Clearance

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"I know that I've gotten tremendous response from having done that because security clearances are very important to me - very, very important", Trump said in a brief session with reporters on the White House lawn.

After Trump yanked Brennan's security clearance, Brennan said Trump's "claims of no collusion" are "hogwash".

But Ohr's wife worked for Fusion GPS, the firm hired first by Republicans and then by Democrats to dig up information about Trump's links to Russian Federation.

In his first live interview since news broke that his security clearance had been revoked, former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow about how he learned about the revocation. Ohr is linked to a dossier on Trump's campaign and Russian Federation, compiled by Christopher Steele, a former British spy.

"The defendant's crime was serious and caused damage to the government's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election", Mr Mueller's memo said.

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Speaking to reporters Friday, Trump fired back.

Sanders said Trump is also reviewing the clearances of James Clapper, James Comey, Michael Hayden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr.

Trump turned his ire towards former Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr for communicating with the phony dossier investigator Christopher Steele after he was sacked from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and working with Russian oligarchs.

The signees included seven former CIA directors, six former CIA deputy directors and two former national intelligence directors, James Clapper and retired Navy Admiral Denny Blair.

Former CIA directors and other top national security officials are typically allowed to keep their clearances, at least for some period.

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The source said that White House communications officials have similarly discussed plans to release the other revocations as a distraction to unwelcome news coverage.

Hayden warned the action will have a "chilling effect" on the entire intelligence community, "that if you disagree with the president, if you say things with which the president disagrees or he does not like, he is willing to take punitive action against you". Writing in The Washington Post, William H. McRaven said he would "consider it an honour" if Trump would revoke his clearance as well. The signers - who served in Democratic and Republican administrations - called Trump's action "ill-considered".

When Maddow asked what Brennan feared Trump could do in his desperation, he suggested that the president might launch an overseas military adventure to distract the nation - a classic "wag the dog" scenario. "I could go into conflict after conflict", Trump said.

Separately, the Mueller probe revealed George Papadopoulos, who served as a foreign policy adviser to Trump's 2016 campaign, caused irreparable damage to the investigation by lying repeatedly to officials. Several of them have said they no longer have clearances.

Trump says he is reviewing security clearances for nine other individuals, including the eight pictured.

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