Former U.S. security leaders blast Trump for yanking John Brennan’s clearance

Aug 18, 2018, 01:51
Former U.S. security leaders blast Trump for yanking John Brennan’s clearance

Ohr had a role in the investigation into Russia's attacks on the 2016 USA elections, which Trump has called a 'rigged witch hunt, ' and Trump has threatened revoking security clearances for numerous highly-positioned officials involved in that investigation.

Michael Morell, a former acting director and deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency, explained to CBSN why he felt he needed to speak out.

While ignoring McRaven's criticism, Trump said he had been buoyed by support for his action against Brennan, a persistent critic who said Trump's behavior was "treasonous" in his Helsinki meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin last month.

"You don't have to agree with what John Brennan says (and, again, not all of us do) to agree with his right to say it, subject to his obligation to protect classified information", it continues.

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Former U.S. security leaders blast Trump for yanking John Brennan’s clearance

"I will be introducing an amendment next week to block the President from punishing and intimidating his critics by arbitrarily revoking security clearances".

"There's no silence. If anything, I'm giving them a bigger voice".

"So, I think it's something that had to be done", Trump said of taking away Brennan's clearance. "Decisions on security clearances should be based on national security and not political views".

Trump has slammed Ohr as a source for Mueller in his probe into Russian election meddling.

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Mr. Trump dismissed claims he was silencing Mr. Brennan, and said his move was about the integrity of security clearances. "For him to be in the Justice Department and doing what he did, that is a disgrace". "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".

"Mr. Mueller is highly conflicted".

Trump's comments, made to reporters as he boarded Marine One en route to a Republican campaign event in NY, came amid rising criticism of the president for using security clearances as a political tool. On Tuesday, Brennan lambasted Trump's personal character after he derided former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman as a "dog". "Beyond that, this action is quite clearly a signal to the former and current officials", the statement said.

Earlier this week, press secretary Sarah Sanders was asked during a press briefing why Ohr isn't simply fired, rather than rendered unable to do much of his job if he loses his clearance.

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In an interview with NPR's All Things Considered, Hayden said the decision was purely political, and that the White House had revoked Brennan's clearance "as a punitive measure because the president did not like what John was saying about him".

Watch above, via Fox News. "He has the authority to do that".

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