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Criticism of Trump Over Brennan's Clearance Keeps Increasing

Criticism of Trump Over Brennan's Clearance Keeps Increasing

Former U.S. security officials issued scathing rebukes to President Donald Trump on Thursday, admonishing him for yanking former Central Intelligence Agency chief John Brennan's security clearance in what they cast as an act of political vengeance.

Thirteen former senior intelligence officials signed a letter on Friday denouncing Trump's actions toward Brennan: "The letter's signees include former Directors of Central Intelligence Robert Gates, William Webster, George Tenet and Porter Goss; former CIA directors Gen. Michael Hayden, Leon Panetta and Gen. David Petraeus; former director of national intelligence James Clapper; and former deputy CIA directors John McLaughlin, Stephen Kappes, Avril Haines, David Cohen and Michael Morell, who is also a CBS News senior national security contributor". When asked about Ohr's security clearance, Trump said, "I suspect I'll be taking it away very quickly".

Brennan said he believes Trump stripped his security clearance for political reasons and wants to "silence others who might dare to challenge him". They said it "has nothing to do with who should and should not hold security clearances - and everything to do with an attempt to stifle free speech".

In an op-ed for the New York Times, Brennan renewed his charges that Trump and his aides may have known about and cooperated with Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election.

"What really gets under my skin is Mr. Trump's lack of decency, integrity, honesty, and his lack of commitment to this country's well-being and national security", Brennan said.

The others are former director of national intelligence James Clapper Jr.; former CIA and Federal Bureau of Investigation directors Michael Hayden and James Comey; Obama national security adviser Susan Rice; former Federal Bureau of Investigation officials Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok; and former acting attorney general Sally Yates.

Signaling that his efforts to target clearances over his frustration with the Russian Federation investigation were not over, Trump tweeted it was a "disgrace" for Bruce Ohr to be in the Justice Department.

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"I don't know McRaven", Trump said.

The newspaper reports that Trump called the investigation a "rigged witch hunt. a sham" and went on to declare, "And these people led it".

The fact is, Trump has verified that revoking security clearances is an act of political revenge and has nothing to do with national security.

'I don't know McRaven, ' Trump said Friday, declaring that 'I've gotten tremendous response from having done that because security clearances are very important to me. Trump says he is reviewing security clearances for nine other individuals, including the eight pictured.

Sean Hannity agreed, saying that Mueller is so eager to pin something on Trump, he hired the "biggest. hack" prosecutor in the United States in Andrew Weissmann. "Mr. Trump's claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash", Brennan said. And that's OK with me, because I like taking on voices like that.

President Donald Trump may be doing special counsel Robert Mueller's job for him, according to CNN. Trump fired Comey past year.

"He's one of the most pivotal witnesses in this whole thing", Elie Honig, a former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of NY, told Blake. "I've never respected him".

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