Brennan blasts Trump's no collusion claims as 'hogwash'

Leroy Wright
August 17, 2018

Being stripped of his clearance, McCraven said, would allow him to join the resistance to Trump's presidency.

And Brennan might not be the only former intelligence or national security official to have his clearance taken away; the president has threatened others as well. "I think it's something that had to be done", he told the Journal.

On Thursday's episode of CNN's the Lead, anchor Jake Tapper observed that despite President Donald Trump's antipathy toward what he calls a "rigged witch hunt", the president is inadvertently aiding the Russian Federation probe.

But before the day was over, Trump had admitted what everyone already knew: that this was all about Brennan's piercing criticism and his role in launching the investigation into his campaign's possible involvement with the Russians in the 2016 election.

A spokesperson for Burr did not respond to a follow-up question about whether Brennan said or did anything before his clearance was revoked that led Burr to believe it should be revoked.

"Mr. Trump clearly has become more desperate to protect himself and those close to him", Brennan wrote, calling the clearance revocation "an attempt to scare into silence others who might dare to challenge him".

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But, he said the move would be a "powerful piece of evidence" for prosecutors as part of a pattern to demonstrate an intent to use presidential power in connection with the probe.

The White House said Wednesday that security clearances are under review for former U.S. National Intelligence director James Clapper, former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, former Obama administration National Security adviser Susan Rice, former National Security Agency director Michael Hayden and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.

The president's comments were a swift departure from the official explanation given by the White House earlier Wednesday that cited the "the risks" posed by Brennan's alleged "erratic conduct and behaviour".

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". Trump says he is reviewing security clearances for nine other individuals, including the eight pictured. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Brennan, who was Central Intelligence Agency director under President Barack Obama, has been making "unfounded and outrageous allegations" against the administration. The White House later issued a revised statement with that date removed.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump's press secretary, insisted on Wednesday the White House wasn't targeting only Trump critics.

"I'd strip the whole bunch of them", Hannity said.

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