Published: Thu, August 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

John Brennan security clearance revoked today by Trump administration

John Brennan security clearance revoked today by Trump administration

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, reading a statement from President Donald Trump, announced Wednesday that former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan's security clearance has been revoked.

Former CIA directors and other top national security officials are typically allowed to keep their clearances, at least for some period, so they can be in a position to advise their successors and to hold certain jobs.

In his statement, Trump suggested the ex-spy chief had tossed around "unfounded and outrageous allegations - wild outbursts on the internet and television - about this administration" and engaged in "increasingly frenzied commentary".

Mr. Trump added Mr. Brennan has a "history" that calls into question his "objectivity and credibility".

Trump says he is reviewing security clearances for nine other individuals: James Clapper, James Comey, Michael Hayden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page and Bruce Ohr.

Sarah Sanders, the White House spokeswoman, said that...

So what, who's going to stop him? Ohr is now a Justice Department lawyer.

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"Public officials should not use their security clearances to leverage speaking fees or network talking head fees", Paul tweeted, questioning whether Brennan was "making millions of dollars divulging secrets to the mainstream media with his attacks" on Trump. So far, there's no evidence that anyone acted improperly in conducting the probe, so Trump is resorting to revoking and threatening to revoke security clearance as the only way he can lash out.

Clapper noted he has had no access to intelligence information since he left government on the day Trump was inaugurated, succeeding Barack Obama. But the tweets and statements made on MSNBC were not just critical in nature but in some cases accused Trump of treason and alluded to unverified rumors that Russian Federation was blackmailing Trump.

"Normally ex-high officials, as a courtesy their clearances are kept active", Rostow said.

The action prompted bipartisan rebukes and worries that Trump was willfully infringing on his critics' First Amendment rights. He said by stripping Brennan's clearance and threatening others with the same fate, "the President has taken us down one more step on the path toward authoritarianism".

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

Trump's erratic behavior and warm words for Russian leader Vladimir Putin, whose agents interfered in the 2016 election to help the Republican, have turned many former foreign policy officials against him, from both Republican and Democratic administrations.

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