Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Trump strips former Central Intelligence Agency chief John Brennan of security clearance

Trump strips former Central Intelligence Agency chief John Brennan of security clearance

Brennan said, "I do believe that Mr. Trump chose to take this action, as he's done with others, to try to intimidate and suppress any criticism of him or his administration". It is one embroidered with rhetoric charging Trump with treason and, far more important, with documents now in the hands of congressional investigators showing Brennan's ringleader role in the so-far unsuccessful attempts to derail Trump both before and after the 2016 election. "I will not relent", wrote Brennan.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced during Wednesday's press briefing that Trump would be revoking Brennan's clearance.

Biden's words were echoed by former ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, who said that clearance or not, Brennan "will now be just as vigorous & vigilant in defending American values".

Among other things, Trump pointed to Brennan's statement to Congress in 2014 denying that Central Intelligence Agency officials had improperly accessed the computer files of congressional staffers.

We're all for challenging Mr. Brennan's partisan motives and for investigating.

Trump insisted that "any benefits that senior officials might glean from consultations" with Brennan "are now outweighed by the risks posed by his erratic conduct and behavior".

"Lying and recent conduct characterised by increasingly frenzied commentary is wholly inconsistent with access to the nation's most closely held secrets".

Clapper noted he has had no access to intelligence information since he left government on the day Trump was inaugurated, succeeding Barack Obama.

You could be forgiven for having flashbacks to Trump's interview with NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt in the aftermath of his firing past year of James B. Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

McCabe is a former FBI deputy director who led the investigation into Clinton's email practices.

Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general.

Rice was national security adviser during Obama's second term and has criticized Trump policies.

Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the NSA at the time when the ICA was drafted, wrote to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) that the dossier was used to inform the assessment, according to Real Clear Investigations.

The longtime FBI agent was recently fired from the bureau, his lawyer said this week.

"This is an Official Enemies List" CBSJohn Brennan.

Trump first threatened to revoke Brennan's and other former top officials' security clearances in late July when he accused them of politicizing their public service for personal and professional gain.

On Tuesday, Trump blasted former White House aide Omarosa Manigault, tweeting, "Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!"

"I don't plan to stop speaking when I'm asked my views on this administration", said Clapper on CNN.

"And it is an abuse of power for Trump to revoke clearances, unless he can prove misuse of classified information, which I don't think he can".

Democrats were quick to denounce Mr Trump's decision to revoke the security clearance of Mr Brennan. "The offense: exercising 1st Amendment rights".

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