President Trump REVOKES John Brennan's SECURITY CLEARANCE

Frederick Owens
August 16, 2018

Brennan, who served as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency under Obama, has intensified his criticism of Trump in recent months, drawing backlash from the president and his supporters.

Brennan has not only denounced Trump's tone and temperament but also his policy decisions, such as the president's decisions to withdraw from the Paris climate accord and Iran nuclear deal.

It was an angry Paul who last month called for Brennan's clearance to be yanked, after Brennan called Trump's appearance at a news conference with Russian leader Vladimir Putin "nothing short of treasonous".

When Mr. Trump addressed Ms. Newman as "that dog" in a tweet, Mr. Brennan replied it is "astounding how often you fail to live up to minimum standards of decency, civility and probity".

In response, Mr Brennan said the move was part of President Trump's broader effort to "suppress freedom of speech and punish critics". "It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out".

"My principles are worth far more than clearances", he added". "I will not relent", he said.

Hayden told CNN viewers on Wednesday that Trump's decision to revoke Brennan's clearance was "threatening to the rest of us" and amounted to an attempt to silence dissent.

"He may very well have a guilty conscience about the types of things that he has done in the past - I don't know", Brennan said.

Trump fired Comey from his post as FBI director in May 2017 over the bureau's Russian Federation investigation. He expected Hillary Clinton to play that role (were it ever to be needed), and that seemed to be solidly in the cards. Trump believes the investigation was handled unfairly because of what he alleges is political bias against him at the FBI.

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"Is John Brennan monetizing his security clearance?".

Former intelligence officials typically retain their security clearances so they can continue to be consulted by subsequent administrations on matters of national security. He's also been critical of the president.

"If he chooses to do it for political reasons, I think that's a awful precedent, and it's a very sad commentary, and it's an abuse of the system", Clapper said last month when it first emerged that Trump was weighing revoking the clearances of former officials. "There has been a clear dividing of the political and national security realms within our country". Last December she tweeted, "The FBI is in "tatters"? No". But he's spent 72 years following a rule of "counterpunching" and it's brought him wealth and the presidency.

Rice was a national security adviser, McCabe the deputy director of the FBI while Strzok and Page worked for the bureau. Trump said he tended to believe Putin's denials about Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election despite the USA intelligence community view that Moscow was to blame.

Also on the list was Bruce Ohr, a current Justice Department official in the criminal division.

Epoch Times contributor Marc Ruskin, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, took issue with the free speech argument.

Well before Monday night, when Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani let a small bomb drop on Brennan, there was strong evidence that Brennan had been quarterbacking illegal operations against Trump. Trump has used the text messages to buttress his claims that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is biased against him.

Yesterday, Brennan likened the revocation of his security clearances to the actions of "autocrats and despots," but in today's op-ed, he made the specific case against Trump regarding collusion. Brennan served in the Obama administration.

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