Trump 'cites Russian Federation probe' after ending ex-CIA head's security access

Trump 'cites Russian Federation probe' after ending ex-CIA head's security access

A mini-flap developed following Sanders' briefing when White House reporters noticed the July 26 date on the president's statement.

"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 behaviour", Mr Trump said.

She also claims he's "leveraged his status" to make unfounded allegations.

Now Donald Trump has had his revenge, revoking the former CIA chief's security clearance - and threatening a number of other national intelligence officials, all of whom have one thing in common: they've also been critical of the president.

Now former Central Intelligence Agency directors and other national security officials are allowed to keep their clearances for a period of time so they can advise their successors.

But Brennan, who is now a contributor at MSNBC, has gone much further than his tweet criticizing Trump's twitter battles. I think he finally gave Brennan the hook for no better reason than that Brennan shot his mouth off about how awful Trump is one too many times and POTUS made a decision to pull the trigger.

The review, which examined five other former intelligence officers including the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, was extended yesterday to Bruce Ohr, a senior official at the Justice Department.

Their behavior-said numerous former and current intelligence officials-is damaging to the nation's national security and eroding the trust the American people have in their institutions.

Trump 'Looking Into' Revoking Security Clearances Of Former Officials Critical Of Him
Hayden, a former director of the CIA and National Security Agency and a retired four-star Air Force general, said he was unbowed. But in Trump, Paul has found an audience and an ally as he tries to move the GOP off its hawkish foreign policy traditions.

"Security clearances for those who still have them may be revoked, and those who have already their lost their security clearance may not be able to have it reinstated", Trump said.

Comey meanwhile released a statement saying security clearances "should not be used as pawns in a petty political game", while praising Brennan as a "devoted public servant".

While Trump has never been shy about his disdain for the Russian Federation matter, his escalating attacks on that investigation have triggered worries that he may try to shut it down completely.

But Trump said Brennan did not deserve to keep his clearance.

Later in the letter, Trump discussed how he was now reviewing the "more general question of the access to classified information by government officials".

"Normally ex-high officials, as a courtesy their clearances are kept active", Rostow said. "And I think people ought to think seriously about that". "Leaders behave like this in dictatorships, not democracies". Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, warned that a "dangerous precedent" was being set by "politicizing the way we guard our national secrets just to punish the president's critics".

"An enemies list is ugly, undemocratic and un-American". Brennan served in the Obama administration.

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