Published: Fri, August 17, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Commander Of Bin Laden Raid: Revoke My Security Clearance Too, Trump

Commander Of Bin Laden Raid: Revoke My Security Clearance Too, Trump

Among former administration officials whose security clearance the White House isn't reviewing: Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation over his conversations with Russian officials.

Calling Brennan "one of the finest public servants I have ever known", Ret. Navy Adm. William McRaven told Trump in a Washington Post op-ed, "Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency".

"Director Brennan's recent statements purport to know as fact that the Trump campaign colluded with a foreign power", Burr said Thursday, questioning why, if Brennan's assertion is based on actual intelligence, it was not included in the unclassified intelligence assessment released in early 2017.

Even by the standards of angry Trump-era criticism, Brennan's words represent an unprecedented attack by America's normally hush-hush spooks on a political leader.

President Trump revoked Brennan's security clearance Wednesday, claiming Brennan was acting "erratic".

"I call it the rigged witch hunt, [it] is a sham, Trump was quoted as saying "and these people led it!"

"There needs to be an official determination made about this, and that, I think, can only be done by the Mueller investigation", Clapper told CNN on Thursday.

Brennan, who served under President Barack Obama and has become a vocal Trump critic, called Trump's claims that he did not collude with Russian Federation "hogwash".

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Sen. Susan Collins, Republican from Maine, said she saw no grounds for revoking Brennan's security clearance, "unless there is disclosure of classified information, of which I'm unaware".

High-ranking government officials sometimes retain security clearances after leaving office to advise their successors as needed, and some private sector companies can also require them.

The initial White House statement about Brennan's clearance made no reference to the Russian Federation investigation.

Trump says he is reviewing security clearances for nine other individuals, including the eight pictured.

"I don't trust many of those people on that list", Trump said Wednesday.

And it underscores why the president's lawyers are fearful of allowing Trump to sit down for an interview with Mueller's team, as Trump has repeatedly said he is interested in doing. "John (Brennan) already has been".

"I'd strip the whole bunch of them", Hannity said.

There was no reference to the Russian Federation probe in a White House statement Wednesday that was read at a press briefing and then sent out to reporters.

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