Monday, 24 September, 2018


Trump strips former Central Intelligence Agency chief John Brennan of security clearance

Trump strips former Central Intelligence Agency chief John Brennan of security clearance Trump strips former Central Intelligence Agency chief John Brennan of security clearance
Bennie Garza | 16 August, 2018, 14:27

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

Trump said last month that he was considering revoking the security clearances of several former intelligence and national security officials who have criticized him, but had not yet taken such action.

Mr Brennan told MSNBC that losing his security clearance is "an abuse of power".

"It's another rough week for the Trump White House". "Neither of these justifications supports Mr. Brennan's continued access to classified information".

"My principles are worth far more than clearances", he added".

"The proximate target was John Brennan, but the real intent of today's announcement was to simultaneously shift and silence", he said.

"No. If there were others that weren't, that we deemed necessary, we would certainly take a look and review those as well", Ms. Sanders said when asked if Mr. Trump is going after his political opponents.

Later, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump drew a direct connection between the Russian Federation investigation and his decision, citing Brennan as among those he held responsible for the investigation. And they wonder if he will next choose to target those who now work on the investigation, which Trump has called a "witch hunt".

All the officials in question have been frequent critics of Trump.

When Mr. Trump addressed Ms. Newman as "that dog" in a tweet, Mr. Brennan replied it is "astounding how often you fail to live up to minimum standards of decency, civility and probity".

President Trump has ordered former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance to be revoked.

Paul assailed Brennan in a Fox News interview as "completely unhinged" and a "Trump hater" and in a series of tweets on July 23, said he planned to meet with Trump at the White House and tell him that "John Brennan and other partisans should have their security clearances revoked".

He said in a statement: "Once again this president is sending a message that he will punish people who disagree with him and reward those who praise him".

Clapper served Obama as director of national intelligence and has held key positions in the USA intelligence community.

Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the NSA at the time when the ICA was drafted, wrote to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) that the dossier was used to inform the assessment, according to Real Clear Investigations.

Michael Hayden, the former director of the National Security Agency.

He went on to tell CNN that "it's nearly as if they wanted us to implicitly sign a no disparagement agreement" - a reference to gag orders which Trump often insists on for civilian staff.

The letter was then used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation to prop up its FISA warrant to spy on then-Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page.

High-ranking government officials sometimes retain their security clearances after leaving office, allowing them the ability to provide advice as needed to their successors.

Republican lawmakers gave mixed reviews to Trump's decision, with some criticizing it and others saying Brennan had acted inappropriately with his comments about the president.

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