Criticism of Trump Over Brennan's Clearance Keeps Increasing

Criticism of Trump Over Brennan's Clearance Keeps Increasing

According to the Post, a White House official acknowledged that the revocation of Brennan's clearance had been prepared in July, but was released this week to distract attention from media coverage of the former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault Newman's scathing memoir about her time at the White House.

Ohr, who works in the Justice Department's criminal division, was in contact with Steele, the former British spy who compiled a dossier of allegations of possible collusion between Trump's camp and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump on Wednesday revoked Brennan's security clearance and defended the move by saying he believes Brennan is responsible for special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

"There's no silence", Trump said.

Among them are former CIA Director William Webster, who was appointed to that post by President Ronald Reagan; Gen. David Petraeus, another former CIA director whom Trump had considered for a position in his own cabinet; and Gen. Michael Hayden, a former director of the CIA and NSA.

They went on to argue, "We have never before seen the approval or removal of security clearances used as a political tool, as was done in this case".

"Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation", he said.

Speaking to reporters Friday, Trump fired back. Trump cited "risks" posed by Brennan's alleged "erratic conduct and behaviour" in revoking his security clearance.

In his Friday comments, Trump said he had gotten "tremendous response" for his action against Brennan.

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In August 2016, just two days after Brennan briefed Senator Harry Reid and other members on Russian interference in the election, the Nevada senator wrote a letter to then-FBI director James Comey, calling the FBI to investigate Trump's campaign.

"If anything, I'm giving him a bigger voice", the president said.

"Director Brennan's recent statements purport to know as fact that the Trump campaign colluded with a foreign power", Burr said in a Thursday statement.

In his first live interview since news broke that his security clearance had been revoked, former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan told MSNBC's Rachel Maddow about how he learned about the revocation. "As part of this review, I'm 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 President said he would "soon" revoke the clearance of Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department official whom Trump has criticized for his connections to a dossier of infamous allegations about the US President and Russian Federation.

He denied that he was trying to silence Brennan, a frequent critic of the president.

The extreme action of revoking security clearances is one more instance of Donald Trump undertaking measures that no other president has done, leaving legal analysts in question about whether the action is actually within his authority.

The DOJ official's security access is up for review along with several other Obama-era officials accused of anti-Trump bias in the workplace.

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