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

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

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".

The statement added that Mr Trump was also reviewing access to classified information for nine other high-ranking officials, all of whom have criticised the president.

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". The White House looked into revoking Brennan's clearance after he accused Trump of "treason" for meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin last month.

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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".

He may have lost his right to view classified material but he's gained something far more lucrative: Petty martyrdom at Trump's hands.

John Sipher, who spent almost three decades in the CIA's clandestine service, called on CIA Director Gina Haspel and Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats to address the situation.

Democrats lined up to denounce Trump's decision. "I'm going to continue to speak out". Trump said. "So I think something had to be done".

Trump fired Comey from his post as FBI director in May 2017 over the bureau's Russian Federation investigation. "So, he takes a false dossier, he gets the senators involved...and they demand...a totally phony investigation".

Andrew McCabe, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director.

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Tata spoke to Brian Kilmeade on Fox & Friends today, saying Brennan should never had a security clearance based on his record in office.

Brennan said he's anxious Trump is sending a message to other former and current officials with security clearances that they shouldn't say critical things about the president.

Mr Clapper said on CNN that Mr Trump's action is unprecedented and the White House is "making up the criterion as they go" for withdrawing clearances.

Their behavior-said numerous former and current intelligence officials-is damaging to the nation's national security and eroding the trust the American people have in their institutions.

Trump fired Yates early in 2017 after she refused to enforce the new president's ban on travel to the residents of several mostly Muslim countries.

"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.

Brennan's commentary largely consists of attacks on Trump and his administration. Omarosa will sell more books than she would have but for POTUS's tweet about her being a "dog". "The only thing in tatters is the President's respect for the rule of law".

Also on the list was Susan Rice, Obama's national security adviser.

"Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing", Mr. Trump said in a campaign speech.

"This has zero to do with national security".

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