John Brennan slams Trump for revoking security clearance

Aug 17, 2018, 00:33
John Brennan slams Trump for revoking security clearance

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump's press secretary, insisted the White House wasn't targeting only Trump critics. Trump also accused Brennan of "lying" and "wild outbursts".

They include former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, former Central Intelligence Agency director Michael Hayden and Andrew McCabe, who worked as deputy Federal Bureau of Investigation director under Mr Trump until he was sacked in March. "But Trump's revocation of Brennan's clearance, and his threats to revoke the clearances of other former officials for the sole reason that they have criticized his conduct and policies, amount to unconstitutional retaliation".

On Tuesday, Trump blasted former White House aide Omarosa Manigault, tweeting, "Good work by General Kelly for quickly firing that dog!"

Hayden seemed to be less unsettled by the revelation, tweeting that he doesn't go back for classified briefings and that such a move wouldn't "have any effect on what I say or write". Comey fired. McCabe fired.

"More broadly, the issue of Mr. Brennan's security clearance raises larger questions about the practice of former officials maintaining access to our nation's most sensitive secrets long after their time in government has ended", Sanders said.

"My principles are worth far more than clearances", he added".

Former CIA director John Brennan had his security clearance revoked on Wednesday.

Democratic congressman Adam Schiff, tweeted: "In adding John Brennan to his enemies list, Trump demonstrates again how deeply insecure and vindictive he is - two character flaws unsafe in any president".

She said the administration made the decision due to Brennan's history of alleged misuse of classified information and false testimony.

That may not necessarily be a legal problem for Trump, given that it's not directly tied to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's obstruction-of-justice investigation and that Brennan has no role in the probe today. "I think I have tried to voice the concerns of millions of Americans about Mr. Trump's failures, in terms of fulfilling the responsibilities of that sacred and solemn office of the presidency".

"This has zero to do with national security".

Security clearances, their issuance, revocations, and standards regarding same, are exclusively Executive functions, allowing President Trump to act unilaterally on them.

Such a public clarion call certainly makes one wonder what Mr. Trump privately encouraged his advisers to do - and what they actually did - to win the election.

Brennan wrote that Trump's claims of no collusion with Russian Federation are "hogwash" and that the only question remaining is whether the collusion amounts to a "constituted criminally liable conspiracy".

Epoch Times contributor Marc Ruskin, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent, took issue with the free speech argument.

Brennan said he's anxious Trump is sending a message to other former and current officials with security clearances that they shouldn't say critical things about the president.

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