Trump revokes clearance of former Central Intelligence Agency head Brennan

Elias Hubbard
August 16, 2018

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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".

Some suggested Trump might have grander, and more nefarious ambitions: he could be testing the waters on stripping Mueller of his security clearance. "I will not relent", he said.

"As part of this review, I am evaluating action with respect to the following individuals: James Clapper, James Comey, Michael Hayden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr", Sanders read.

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.

Trump's statement today noted that Brennan lied to Congress while serving as Central Intelligence Agency director, which is true.

A frequent Trump critic, Brennan surmised Trump is attempting to "intimidate and suppress".

Sanders said during the briefing the decision was made because Trump has a responsibility to protect classified information. 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".

With Trump coming to office, Brennan left the CIA and became a senior national security and intelligence analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.

"I call it the rigged witch hunt, [it] is a sham", Mr. Trump said in an interview.

"It was nothing short of treasonous".

Former top national security officials have historically maintained their security clearances so they can consult with their successors.

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

"Second, that conduct and behavior has tested and far exceeded the limits of any professional courtesy that may have been due to him", Trump said in the statement.

Brennan faces no formal charges or allegations of violating any regulations or laws. "And these people led it", Trump told The Journal, referring to Brennan and a handful of other United States intelligence veterans who played a role in the early aughts of the Russian Federation probe - and whose security clearances the White House said it was reviewing.

Sanders also said President Trump plans to review intelligence access for other former officials.

"The proximate target was John Brennan, but the real intent of today's announcement was to simultaneously shift and silence", he said. "And that's always been the metric when it comes to a revocation of a clearance", Price said. His White House has had difficulties with questions of whether Trump has any high-ranking African-Americans in his White House.

"The larger issue here, to me", he continued, "as throughout, is the infringement of First Amendment rights, and I think people ought to think seriously about that".

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