Donald Trump revokes security clearance of former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan

Frederick Owens
August 16, 2018

After President Donald Trump revoked former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance Wednesday, a prominent GOP congressman believes the president shouldn't stop there, according to The Hill.

Brennan, who led the agency from 2013 to 2017, wrote in The New York Times on Thursday described Trump's decision as "politically motivated", and that the president's claims of no collusion with Russian Federation were "in a word, hogwash".

Ms Sanders said that the security clearance of other former intelligence officials, including James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, and ex-FBI director James Comey are also "under review".

Eric Columbus, a former Justice Department and Homeland Security Department counsel, said that while Trump's move "doesn't matter for Brennan", who no longer received security briefings, "it may have a huge chilling effect on others".

In a statement announcing his decision, Trump cited Brennan's "erratic conduct and behavior" and "frenzied commentary" attacking the White House as reasons to revoke his clearance.

"I call it the rigged witch hunt, [it] is a sham", Mr. Trump said in an interview. The White House later said the date was an error.

Sanders also said President Trump plans to review intelligence access for other former officials.

He later tweeted "John Brennan is a stain on the Country, we deserve better than this", quoting the author of a new book that claims Trump's predecessor Barack Obama attempted to sabotage his presidential campaign.

The move to pull his security clearance prompted immediate outrage, including from Brennan himself. "The president has a constitutional responsibility to protect classified information and who has access to it".

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Trump wrote Paul a letter of introduction to Putin when Paul traveled last week to Russian Federation.

He tweeted on Wednesday that the decision was "part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics". Hayden said last month when the White House first issued the security clearance threat that losing it wouldn't affect what he says or writes.

In a written statement, Trump cited "erratic conduct and behavior" by President Barack Obama's Central Intelligence Agency director as justification for revoking Brennan's security clearance.

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"My principles are worth far more than clearances", he added".

Experts have said that stripping a security clearance in response to public criticism would be an unprecedented politicization of the clearance process.

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

He went on from there by calling Brennan a failure and "a clear and present danger" because "he supports the overthrow of this particular president".

Senator Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee, warned that a "dangerous precedent" is being set.

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