Trump fires back at Navy admiral asking for revoked security clearance

Aaron Brown
August 19, 2018

They said it "has nothing to do with who should and should not hold security clearances - and everything to do with an attempt to stifle free speech".

Mr McRaven was the head of US Joint Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014 and supervised the Seal raid that killed bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011.

The extreme action of revoking security clearances is one more instance of Donald Trump undertaking measures that no other president has done, leaving legal analysts in question about whether the action is actually within his authority. He called Brennan "one of the finest public servants I have ever known" and a man of "unparalleled integrity".

Trump has slammed Ohr as a source for Mueller in his probe into Russian election meddling.

President Donald Trump brushed off criticism from retired Adm. William McRaven Friday on the lifting of security clearances of administration opponents.

"Security clearances are very important to me, very, very important. and I've had a tremendous response for having done that", Trump said Friday. He told the Journal he doesn't trust "many of those people on that list" and thinks they aren't "good people".

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".

Trump's move against Brennan has prompted a growing outcry in Washington from lawmakers and former top officials in USA intelligence and law enforcement agencies.

They also defended Brennan's character and called allegations against Brennan of wrongdoing "baseless". "There's no silence. If anything, I'm giving them a bigger voice", he said.

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In an opinion piece published in The New York Times on Thursday, Brennan cited press reports as evidence that Trump's claims of no collusion were "hogwash".

The others are former director of national intelligence James Clapper Jr.; former CIA and Federal Bureau of Investigation directors Michael Hayden and James Comey; Obama national security adviser Susan Rice; former Federal Bureau of Investigation officials Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok; and former acting attorney general Sally Yates.

Trump also lashed out at Mueller, saying former FBI Director James Comey was the special counsel's "best friend". President Donald Trump revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan on August 15, 2018, citing a constitutional responsibility to protect classified information.

Let's not forget that the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has a security clearance despite his role in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe and appearing to use his position in the White House to secure $500 million in loans for his business enterprises.

"Many people don't even know who (Brennan) is, and now he has a bigger voice".

Brennan has been a familiar face on television news shows where he has made scathing attacks on the president.

"He's one of the most pivotal witnesses in this whole thing", Elie Honig, a former federal prosecutor for the Southern District of NY, told Blake.

Some presidential aides echoed concerns raised by outside critics that the threatened revocations smack of a Nixonian enemies list, with little or no substantive national security justification.

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