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

Former Intel Chiefs: White House Using Security Clearances As A 'Political Tool'

Trump said that in addition to Brennan, the security clearances of nine other former officials are under review.

Of those on the list, only Ohr is still employed in government service, but maintaining a security clearance is useful for finding documents if any of them are called to testify before special counsel Robert Mueller investigation. At a summit in Finland last month, Trump drew criticism and outrage when he told reporters he accepted Putin's denial that Russian Federation had intervened in the 2016 presidential election - a stance in direct conflict with the US intelligence community's position.

McRaven echoed those sentiments, arguing in his op-ed that Trump has "embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation".

In her opinion piece, Rubin, a frequent critic of Trump who has also lambasted Republicans in office for doing little to curtail the president, said the GOP should stop "cheerleading" in the face of Trump's conduct. "He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don't know him", McRaven wrote in his letter.

"If you think for a moment that your McCarthy-era tactics will suppress the voices of criticism, you are sadly mistaken", he added. I have never respected him. "The criticism will continue until you become the leader we prayed you would be". Last year, in a speech at the University of Texas, he pushed back against Trump's assault on the news media as "the enemy of the American people".

"It's a disgusting thing, frankly".

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Two of those who signed the statement - former director of national intelligence James Clapper and former CIA director Michael Hayden - have been cited by Trump as on a list of people who could lose their clearance.

"If anything, I'm giving him a bigger voice", he said Friday, according to The Washington Post.

Ohr's wife, Nellie, worked for Fusion GPS during the campaign - something Trump has tweeted about to highlight his assertions of political bias behind the Russian Federation investigation.

"I call it the rigged witch hunt, [it] is a sham", Trump was quoted as saying in the interview. It's a totally rigged deal.

Trump turned his ire towards former Deputy Attorney General Bruce Ohr for communicating with the phony dossier investigator Christopher Steele after he was sacked from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and working with Russian oligarchs.

Brennan received a separate endorsement on Thursday from retired Admiral William McRaven, the former head of U.S. Special Operations Command who oversaw the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

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