President Trump Revokes Security Clearance of Former CIA Director John Brennan

Trump revokes Brennan's security clearance

As part of his review, Trump said, he's "evaluating action" on Clapper, Hayden, Comey, former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, former national security adviser Susan Rice, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok, former FBI Special Counsel to the Deputy Director Lisa Page, and former Associate Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr. "I don't think I can sign up to that", Clapper said.

"The CIA's Inspector General, however, contradicted Mr. Brennan directly, concluding unequivocally that agency officials had indeed" accessed those files, the statement said. Last month, Brennan described Trump's summit with the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, in Helsinki as "nothing short of treasonous" after Trump sided with the Kremlin over United States intelligence officials when asked if Moscow had interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump also threatened to yank the clearances of a handful of individuals, including former top intelligence and law enforcement officials, as well as a current member of the Justice Department.

Brennan, on MSNBC Tuesday night and on Twitter, said Trump failed to live up to minimum standards of decency and did not understand what it took to behave like an honest person.

The Department of Justice is investigating whether the Trump campaign had an improper relationship with Russian Federation, an effort led by special counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Former Vice President Joe Biden called Trump's act "unbecoming of a President", and warned that it would only embolden Brennan in his public crusade against Trump.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Brennan engaged in "erratic conduct and behavior".

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Trump claimed that Brennan - a former station chief in Riyadh who rose to lead the formidable spy agency - had become "erratic".

In a press release on Wednesday, Paul hailed the decision and noted he had urged Trump to make the move.

President Trump is revoking the security clearance of former Obama administration official. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., saying, "Unless there's something tangible that I'm unaware of, it just, as I've said before, feels like a banana republic kind of thing".

High-ranking intelligence, military and diplomatic officials are generally permitted to hold onto their security clearances after they leave their jobs so that they can be brought in to offer their expertise later. "Will the republic stand or fall on whether John retains his access to classified information? On the other hand, Putin gains everything...watching former senior government officials devouring the office of the president and doing more damage to our nation than the Kremlin dreamed of", the intelligence official added.

The White House has been fending off criticism from former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, who has made various claims about her time working for the president - including that she has tapes of conversations in the West Wing.

Now, the White House has indicated other Trump critics may soon face similar action.

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