Trump Revokes Security Clearance for Critic and Obama Official John Brennan

Trump Revokes Security Clearance for Critic and Obama Official John Brennan

During the daily briefing at the White House Wednesday afternoon, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said President Trump is looking to revoke the clearances of a number of former intelligence and law enforcement officials.

Mr Trump, in a statement explaining his reasoning, cited "a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations, wild outbursts on the internet and television about this administration".

After Trump held a press conference with Russian President Putin in Helsinki last month Mr Brennan tweeted: "Donald Trump's press conference performance in Helsinki rises to and exceeds the threshold of "high crimes and misdemeanours". "Won't have any effect on what I say or write". He said Brennan of participated in a "shredding of constitutional rights, lied to Congress and has been monetizing and making partisan political use of his clearance since his departure".

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.

Trump revoked Brennan's security clearance, the White House announced.

Brennan's support for someone like Hall "was very attractive to [former President] Obama", Levin said. So, for example, I go into Central Intelligence Agency regularly and I help them think through issues, I talk to people, I'm there to assist in any variety of ways.

Hayden said Trump's threat would have "no impact on what I think, say or write". "Will the republic stand or fall on whether John retains his access to classified information?"

Brennan, on MSNBC Tuesday night and on Twitter, said Trump failed to live up to minimum standards of decency and did not understand what it took to behave like an honest person.

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"More broadly, the issue of Mr. Brennan's security clearance raises larger questions about the practice of former officials maintaining access to our nation's most sensitive secrets long after their time in government has ended", Sanders said.

Some Republicans praised the move, including Senator Rand Paul who said he "urged the president to do this".

Former intelligence officials often maintain security clearance in case they need to be consulted on various matters pertaining to national security.

"I call it the rigged witch hunt, [it] is a sham", Trump told The Wall Street Journal hours after the announcement was made.

"If we're saying the only way I can speak is to be in adulation mode of this president, I'm sorry", he said.

Former intelligence officials said Trump has moved from threatening to revoke security clearances of former intelligence officials who have not been involved in the Russian Federation investigation to former officials who did work on the probe.

Rostow also criticized Brennan for breaking precedent and speaking out against the current administration.

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