Trump Revokes Ex-CIA Director Brennan's Security Clearance, Reviews Comey, Clapper

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Trump Revokes Ex-CIA Director Brennan's Security Clearance, Reviews Comey, Clapper

However there was no mention of the Russian Federation inquiry in Mr Trump's earlier statement announcing the decision to revoke Mr Brennan's clearance.

"At this point in my administration, any benefits that senior officials might glean from consultations with Mr. Brennan are now outweighed by the risks posed by his erratic conduct and behavior", he said in the statement.

The president, in a statement, claimed Brennan was using his former government official status to make "unfounded and outrageous" charges about his administration. Last month, Brennan described Trump's summit with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, in Helsinki as "nothing short of treasonous" after Trump sided with the Kremlin over U.S. intelligence officials when asked if Moscow had interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump also said he was considering revoking the clearance of several other former intelligence and law-enforcement officials - many of whom have been critical of him - in the coming weeks. "It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out".

Former Director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency John Brennan at a congressional hearing in 2017.

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What lost him his clearance is the same thing that earned Omarosa her White House job, nothing more or less than their respective willingness or unwillingness to flatter the president at length. "I will not relent", he said.

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Writing in The Washington Post, William H. McRaven said he would "consider it an honor" if Trump would revoke his clearance, as well.

He told the Journal he doesn't trust "many of those people on that list" and thinks "they're very duplicitous" and "not good people".

The decision to listen to Paul's counsel is the latest evidence of an increasingly tight bond emerging between the president and the Kentucky Republican, who fought Trump for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, but has emerged as a top defender of Trump's foreign policy, particularly when it comes to Russian Federation.

"This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics".

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"I call it the rigged witch hunt, [it] is a sham", Mr. Trump said in a Wednesday interview with The Wall Street Journal.

Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the NSA at the time when the ICA was drafted, wrote to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) that the dossier was used to inform the assessment, according to Real Clear Investigations.

"As part of the review, I am evaluating action with respect to the following individuals: James Clapper, James Comey, Michael Hayden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr", the statement said.

Rep. Jim Jordan believes a host of other Obama-era officials should lose their security clearance, in addition to former CIA Director John Brennan.

It continued: "Mr. Brennan's lying and recent conduct characterised by increasingly frenzied commentary is wholly inconsistent with access to the nations' most closely held secrets".

Brennan's assertion was "contradicted by at least two other senior officials in the intelligence community and all of the facts", Trump said.

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