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

16 August, 2018, 12:04 | Author: Sheila Harris
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President Donald Trump rescinded former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance and is reviewing those of other controversial Obama-era officials, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said at Wednesday's press briefing.

She also claims he's "leveraged his status" to make unfounded allegations.

Mr Brennan, who served as head of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2013 to 2017, has been deeply critical of Mr Trump's conduct.

On Wednesday the President returned the favor when the White House announced that Mr. Brennan's security clearance was being revoked.

Former intelligence officials typically retain their security clearances so they can continue to be consulted by subsequent administrations on matters of national security.

In July, Brennan called President Trump a traitor.

These include former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey, who was sacked a year ago, former director of national intelligence James Clapper, former National Security Agency director Michael Hayden and former attorney general Sally Yates.

What did Trump's statement say exactly?

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"We have never had a former Communist who we now know spread Russian lies to disinform and propagandize the American people [and affect] a presidential election", Sean Hannity said. Ohr is now a Justice Department lawyer.

National security lawyer Brad Moss said it is not certain that Trump can legally rescind clearances on the grounds stated by the White House.

Before talking to MSNBC, Brennan tweeted his response to Trump's announcement he was pulling his security clearance, and mulling doing same to many more Trump critics.

Twitter only goes so far, though (unless you're the president), so he was on the left's cable news network of choice this afternoon to bask in his new Resistance-martyr glory, replete with a comparison of Trump to foreign tyrants. "He is spreading erroneous and derogatory information about President Trump without any proof and it does nothing more than harm our nation and our national security".

Hayden said Trump's threat would have "no impact on what I think, say or write".

"Normally ex-high officials, as a courtesy their clearances are kept active", Rostow said. He said by stripping Brennan's clearance and threatening others with the same fate, "the President has taken us down one more step on the path toward authoritarianism".

Maryland Democratic Sen. Chris Van Hollen tweeted, "Trump is now categorizing dissent and free speech as 'erratic behavior.'" He added, "Leaders behave like this in dictatorships, not democracies".

The political operative then turned his attention to current CIA Director, Gina Haspel, asking the top intelligence official if she would take action against the president or remain "complicit".



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