Trump Revokes Security Clearance for Critic and Obama Official John Brennan

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders reads a statement from President Donald Trump announcing that he will remove the security clearance from former CIA Director John Brennan during the daily press briefing at the White House Wednesday Aug

When the White House announced that it has revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan - and is considering doing so for a list of former officials who have been critical of President Donald Trump - press secretary Sarah Sanders struggled to give a clear and decisive reason for the unprecedented move.

To cite just one example, Brennan tweeted in March, directing his comments to President Trump: "When the full extent of your venality, moral turpitude, and political corruption becomes known, you will take your rightful place as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history". "And these people led it!"

"And I think people ought to think seriously about that", Clapper insisted. In its announcement, the White House did not point to any specific evidence that Brennan had divulged classified information - furthering the notion that the president was simply engaging in retaliation. Ohr is now a Justice Department lawyer.

Brennan is a frequent Trump critic.

In response, Mr Brennan said the move was part of President Trump's broader effort to "suppress freedom of speech and punish critics". 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. In fact, the first version of his statement released to the media Wednesday was dated July 26, 2018.

Democratic congressmen said the USA leader was taking action against those on an "enemies list" and likened his behaviour to leaders in "dictatorships, not democracies".

"Mr. Trump, then a presidential candidate, publicly called upon Russian Federation to find the missing emails of (Hillary) Clinton", Brennan wrote.

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According to Strzok's lawyer, the deputy director ordered his dismissal last week. "Right?!" Strzok's partner, Lisa Page , wrote. On July 24, they made a final pitch to Candice Will, who leads the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility.

Trump also claimed in his statement that Brennan had "leveraged his status" and access to sensitive information to "make a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations - wild outbursts on the internet and television - about this Administration".

"Mr. Brennan's lying and recent conduct characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary is wholly inconsistent with access to the nations' most closely held secrets", Trump said.

And yet no one but no one believes that Brennan would have lost his clearance if he'd had "GREAT things" to say about Trump, those failings notwithstanding. The president was on an extended working vacation at his New Jersey golf club last week.

Following the president´s summit last month with Russia´s Vladimir Putin, Brennan - who headed the Central Intelligence Agency under Obama - described Trump´s behavior as "nothing short of treasonous".

Brennan continued that criticism on Wednesday.

Admiral Michael Rogers, Director of the National Security Agency and commander of U.S. Cyber Command, testifies during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on May 23, 2017. And it's embarrassing, because it's based not on any national security imperative but instead on a childish attitude of, "you said something I don't like, so I'll punch you".

Trump's decision to revoke the clearance came on the heels of new tweets issued by Brennan over the past several weeks attacking the president.

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