Trump revokes security clearance of former CIA director Brennan

Trump revokes Brennan's security clearance

"I'm sorry, I don't think I can sign up to that", Clapper said, adding: "This is at least in my memory unprecedented".

The 62-year-old former intelligence official, who served in the previous Obama administration, has been one of the staunchest critics of President Trump and his policies.

Mr Trump said he is reviewing the security clearances of several other former top intelligence and law enforcement officials, including former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

Before serving as homeland security adviser and later CIA Director under President Barack Obama, Brennan served as the inaugural director of the National Counterterrorism Center under President George W. Bush.

While the White House sought to paint Brennan as a partisan figure, the president has ignited an avalanche of criticism from national security officials across both sides of the aisle.

Trump said he was considering stripping the security clearances of other top officials who have criticized him, including former FBI Director James Comey, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director Michael Hayden, former national-security adviser Susan Rice, and former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

The names amount to an unofficial enemies list for this White House.

Trump, in his statement announcing Brennan's revoked clearance, named numerous same people Jordan said should be cut off.

Mrs Sanders also denied that the move was being taken to punish Trump critics, saying it was to "protect classified information".

Medhi Hasan, Greenwald's colleague at The Intercept, captured the absurdity of Trump's standard for who should and shouldn't have access to classified information by noting that the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, still has a security clearance-a fact that clearly shows Trump's decision to revoke Brennan's clearance was based on a petty grudge, not any reasonable "national security" concerns. He has been critical of Trump and told CNN on Wednesday that he has no plans to stop speaking out when he's asked for his views on the Trump administration. A White House aide blamed the date on a cut and paste error.

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Brennan said he had not heard from the CIA or the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that his security clearance was being revoked, but learned it when the White House announced it. The President spent most of the last week on a working vacation at his property in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Brennan is a frequent Trump critic.

Sanders is citing Brennan's "erratic conduct and behaviour" and accusing him of "lying" and "wild outbursts".

Just as Democrats seem eager to forgive past wrongs in the name of anti-Trump resistance, the President's supporters on the right were quick to remember Brennan's shady practices and praise Trump's decision to revoke his clearance.

For decades, former national security officials have retained classified clearance in part so that they can be consulted on closely held information by officials in ensuing administrations.

Brennan, a fierce public Trump critic, had already fired back at the White House on Wednesday, comparing the president to 'despots and autocrats'.

Former intelligence officials usually keep their security clearance but rarely use it, sometimes providing advice to successors.

A former Central Intelligence Agency deputy director, John McLaughlin, speaking on MSNBC after Sanders read out the names, said, "the message that goes out is be careful what you say" about Trump. I think he finally gave Brennan the hook for no better reason than that Brennan shot his mouth off about how awful Trump is one too many times and POTUS made a decision to pull the trigger.

"The president is exploring the mechanisms to remove security clearance because they've politicized and, in some cases, monetized their public service and security clearances", she said at the time. Hayden, too, said revoking his clearance wouldn't have any effect on what he says or writes.

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