Former U.S. security leaders blast Trump for yanking John Brennan’s clearance

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Former CIA directors and another half dozen of America's most senior spies have issued an unprecedented condemnation of President Donald Trump, after his decision to blacklist their colleague John Brennan.

McRaven was the commander who oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. And, per an analysis at the Washington Post, he also knows former British spy Christopher Steele, who compiled the infamous dossier alleging ties between Trump and Russian Federation.

"We all agree that the president's action regarding John Brennan and the threats of similar action against other former officials has nothing to do with who should and should not hold security clearances - and everything to do with an attempt to stifle free speech", said the letter, whose signers include former Central Intelligence Agency directors who served under Presidents Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

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. He said the only question now is whether the collusion that took place "constituted criminally liable conspiracy".

In an op-ed for the New York Times, Brennan renewed his charges that Trump and his aides may have known about and cooperated with Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election.

Trump has denied that he stripped Brennan's security clearance to silence a critic. "I've never respected him; I've never had a lot of respect", Trump said.

"Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation", he said. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump again called the probe a "rigged witch hunt" and said "these people led it!" "Decisions on security clearances should be based on national security concerns and not political views". "I think that they're very duplicitous". Rove said Brennan has been "over-the-top" and "irresponsible" with his criticisms against the president - though he wasn't sure how advantageous it would be for Trump to paint Brennan as the newest member of "the resistance".

The White House announced Thursday that it was revoking the former Central Intelligence Agency director's clearance because of what press secretary Sarah Sanders called "unfounded and outrageous allegations".

That directly contradicted a July 2017 statement from Trump Jr. - written with the consultation of the White House - that claimed the meeting had been primarily about adoption.

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