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

Trump revokes security clearance of ex-CIA director John Brennan

Trump revokes security clearance of ex-CIA director John Brennan

There's more than meets the eye to President Donald Trump's decision to revoke the security clearances that ex-CIA Director John Brennan enjoyed as a courtesy customarily afforded former directors.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced during Wednesday's press briefing that Trump would be revoking Brennan's clearance.

Brennan's support for someone like Hall "was very attractive to [former President] Obama", Levin said.

The move to pull his security clearance prompted immediate outrage, including from Brennan himself.

Not everyone on this list appears to still have a security clearance. Comey fired. McCabe fired. The White House has been buffeted for days by claims from a disaffected former adviser to the president.

"As the head of the executive branch and the commander in chief, I have a unique constitutional responsibility to protect the nation's classified information, including by controlling access to it", Trump said in the statement Sanders read. "Won't have any effect on what I say or write".

He published a book this year called "The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies".

The statement added that Mr Trump was also reviewing access to classified information for nine other high-ranking officials, all of whom have criticised the president. "Such access is particularly inappropriate when former officials have transitioned into highly partisan positions and seek to use real or perceived access to sensitive information to validate their political attacks". Brennan's mentor, ex-CIA Director George Tenet, for example, had powerful Rabbis in President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, as well as a bizarrely empathetic Establishment media, when Tenet quit in disgrace 2004. At a news conference last month in Finland, Trump stood alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin and openly questioned US intelligence agencies' conclusions that Moscow tried to influence the 2016 election in his favor. He is the only current government employee on the list.

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"So I think it's something that had to be done", Trump said. "I also serve on a government commission that I could not serve on without having my clearances". Those persons were placed on notice that their clearances might be revoked or non-renewed.

Trump reportedly got the idea for the revocations from Senator Rand Paul, (R, KY).

"Is John Brennan monetizing his security clearance?"

"Two things, in my view, are true at the same time", former CIA deputy director of intelligence Carmen Medina told VOA. It's unsafe, because it the president is ratcheting up tension in an already hard relationship with his intelligence community.

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". It is one embroidered with rhetoric charging Trump with treason and, far more important, with documents now in the hands of congressional investigators showing Brennan's ringleader role in the so-far unsuccessful attempts to derail Trump both before and after the 2016 election.

Now former Central Intelligence Agency directors and other national security officials are allowed to keep their clearances for a period of time so they can advise their successors.

"If we're saying the only way I can speak is to be in adulation mode of this president, I'm sorry", he said. "He only helps Trump when he makes them".

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