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

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

President Trump's decision to strip the former Central Intelligence Agency director of his security clearance could spell trouble for another career official at the Department of Justice.

"So I think it's something that had to be done", he said.

"We have never before seen the approval or removal of security clearances used as a political tool", they wrote, adding that Trump's move was an "inappropriate and deeply regrettable" signal to former and current officials who dared to criticize him.

Burr says if the claim is based on intelligence Brennan received while CIA director, it should have been included in the 2017 USA intelligence assessment of Russian meddling in the election.

Ohr's wife, Nellie, was employed during the 2016 campaign by Fusion GPS, the firm that commissioned an infamous dossier on Trump's alleged ties to Russian Federation that was authored by Christopher Steele, a former British spy.

But Ohr's wife worked for Fusion GPS, the firm hired first by Republicans and then by Democrats to dig up information about Trump's links to Russian Federation.

As Hill Reporter covered yesterday, legal analysts say that a president getting involved in the process of revoking security clearances, especially without going through the usual channels, is utterly unprecedented, and could result in legal battles to determine whether Trump actually has that power.

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The White House said Brennan - a notable Trump critic - had been stripped of clearance due to his "erratic" behavior.

In the statement released late on Thursday, officials who served under Republican and Democratic officials said they did not necessarily agree with Brennan's harsh criticism of the president but that security authorizations should be based on national security, not politics. "In many cases, I've given him a bigger voice".

Besides Gates, those signing the letter included former CIA directors William H. Webster, George J. Tenet, Porter Goss, Michael V. Hayden, Leon E. Panetta and David H. Petraeus; former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper Jr.; and former deputy CIA directors John McLaughlin, Stephen Kappes, Avril Haines, David Cohen and Michael Morell.

Trump has indicated he also was considering revoking security clearances for other critics, including Clapper and Hayden, former national security adviser Susan E. Rice, former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey, former Federal Bureau of Investigation officials Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok, former deputy attorney general Sally Yates and Ohr. They said former government officials have a right to express unclassified views on national security issues without fear of being punished for doing so.

McRaven tells Trump that he would consider it an honor if the president would revoke his security clearance as well so he can add his name to the list of individuals who have spoken out against Trump's presidency. McCraven told Trump that as president, he has been an embarrassment and humiliation, and called the revocation of security clearances of his critics an attempt to silence criticism.

That directly contradicted a July 2017 statement from Trump Jr. - written with the consultation of the White House - that claimed the meeting had been primarily about adoption.

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