Trump revokes ex-CIA director John Brennan's security clearance

16 August, 2018, 12:01 | Author: Wade Massey
  • White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reads a statement from President Donald Trump announcing that he will remove the security clearance from former CIA Director John Brennan during the daily press briefing at the White House Wednesday Aug

UPDATED with John Brennan's MSNBC interview: "I've seen this type of behavior and actions on the part of foreign tyrants and despots and autocrats for many, many years during my Central Intelligence Agency and national security career", former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan told MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace on Wednesday after President Donald Trump pulled his security clearance.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced during Wednesday's daily briefing the Trump administration would be taking away Brennan's clearance.

Sanders went on to read Trump's letter, which talked about Brennan's "erratic conduct and behavior" and how benefits that may have been gleaned from consultation with Brennan are now outweighed by risks associated with his behavior.

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

The President said he has also begun to review the more general question of the access to classified information by government officials and is evaluating action against former director of national intelligence James Clapper, former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, former head of the NSA Michael Hayden, former acting attorney general Sally Yates and former president Barack Obama's NSA Susan Rice and others.

Brennan responded, "It's astounding how often you fail to live up to minimum standards of decency, civility, & probity".

After leaving office in January 2017 he became one of Trump's leading critics from within the USA security community, which critics call the "deep state".

The review, which examined five other former intelligence officers including the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, was extended yesterday to Bruce Ohr, a senior official at the Justice Department. His White House has had difficulties with questions of whether Trump has any high-ranking African-Americans in his White House. Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired McCabe this year after FBI disciplinary officials and the Justice Department concluded he hadn't been candid during an inspector general investigation.

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McLaughlin said it is critical for intelligence professional, especially those still in their jobs, to be able to deliver unpleasant news to a president, and he expressed hope that Trump's action does not have a chilling effect on those who brief the president.

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.

Later in the letter, Trump discussed how he was now reviewing the "more general question of the access to classified information by government officials".

The decision to listen to Paul's counsel is the latest evidence of an increasingly tight bond emerging between the president and the Kentucky Republican, who fought Trump for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, but has emerged as a top defender of Trump's foreign policy, particularly when it comes to Russian Federation.

He continued: "So I think it's something that had to be done". "Leaders behave like this in dictatorships, not democracies".

She also said the move is not politically motivated and is warranted by the president's constitutional authority to protect national intelligence.

Rostow also criticized Brennan for breaking precedent and speaking out against the current administration.

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