Trump Pats Himself On The Back For Yanking Brennan's Security Clearance

Cristina Cross
August 18, 2018

In an interview with NPR's All Things Considered, Hayden said the decision was purely political, and that the White House had revoked Brennan's clearance "as a punitive measure because the president did not like what John was saying about him". "For him to be in the Justice Department and doing what he did, that is a disgrace". That is disqualifying for Mueller. Rosenstein appointed the special counsel and oversees his work.

Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency.

A day earlier, McRaven, who retired in 2015, wrote a scathing open letter to Trump published by the Washington Post in which he ripped Trump for lifting the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan.

The Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee is challenging former CIA Director John Brennan's claim that President Donald Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

Trump denied attempting to muzzle Brennan. "If anything, I'm giving him a bigger voice", he said.

The list of former senior intelligence officials who signed the letter includes James Clapper, a former Director of National Intelligence, and seven CIA Directors including Robert Gates, William Webster, George Tenet, Porter Goss, Michael Hayden, Leon Panetta and David Petraeus.

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"If Brennan is to be faulted for anything, I don't think it is engendering a conspiracy against Trump, but failing as a major intelligence official to advocate a tough, firm, active policy against Russian measures to meddle with our elections", Rove said. The opposition research firm hired former British spy Christopher Steele during the 2016 presidential campaign to compile the dossier.

The signees included seven former CIA directors, five former CIA deputy directors and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. "That signal is inappropriate and deeply regrettable". There has been speculation, according to the Washington Examiner, that Trump could try removing Bob Mueller's security clearance, as a tactic to end the investigation.

On Thursday, Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton tweeted about their lawsuit for documents relating to Brennan's leak to Reid, and said pulling Brennan's security clearance was "the right call". "You're trusted with that information", Webb said of officials keeping their clearances.

During an appearance on "Fox & Friends" on the Fox News Channel, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway defended Trump's action. No, remember you keep those security clearances as a professional courtesy or to keep an unbroken line for the next successor administration if you can be helpful with respect to national security.

Experts have described Trump's move as an unprecedented effort to silence prominent detractors, with some likening it to Sen. "He has the authority to do that".

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