Donald Trump says Bruce Ohr next to lose security clearance

Frederick Owens
August 18, 2018

Trump has repeatedly targeted Ohr as a source for Mueller and his investigation.

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.

Mr Ohr's wife, Nellie, worked for Fusion GPS during the campaign - something Mr Trump has tweeted about to highlight his assertions of political bias behind the Russian Federation investigation. That is disqualifying for Mueller.

Hayden warned the action will have a "chilling effect" on the entire intelligence community, "that if you disagree with the president, if you say things with which the president disagrees or he does not like, he is willing to take punitive action against you". Rosenstein appointed the special counsel and oversees his work.

All are critics of the president or are people who Trump appears to believe are against him.

The statement criticizing the White House's move is signed by top former officials who served under both Republican and Democratic administrations.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders announced Wednesday Brennan's security clearance had been revoked.

Brennan wrote: "Trump clearly has become more desperate to protect himself and those close to him, which is why he made the politically motivated decision to revoke my security clearance in an attempt to scare into silence others who might dare to challenge him".

The extreme action of revoking security clearances is one more instance of Donald Trump undertaking measures that no other president has done, leaving legal analysts in question about whether the action is actually within his authority.

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"If anything, I'm giving him a bigger voice", the president said.

"Many people don't even know who (Brennan) is, and now he has a bigger voice".

After news of Trump stripping former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan of his security clearance hit the headlines, the White House offered an explanation for the maneuver, with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issuing a statement, alleging that Brennan was sacked over "wild outbursts on the internet and television", and "conduct characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary", according to Vanity Fair.

That was followed by a joint letter from 15 former senior intelligence officials calling Trump's action "ill-considered and unprecedented". "That signal is inappropriate and deeply regrettable".

The bottom line is this: To simply remove security clearances for these criminals is not enough!

Trump turned his ire towards former Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr for communicating with the phony dossier investigator Christopher Steele after he was sacked from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and working with Russian oligarchs.

"The defendant lied in order to hide his contacts with Russians and Russian intermediaries during the campaign and made his false statements to investigators on 27 January 2017, early in the investigation, when key investigative decisions, including who to interview and when, were being made", Mr Mueller said.

The president commented on the issue as he left the White House to travel to Bedminster, New Jersey.

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