After clearance pull, Democrats rush to back Brennan - who spied on them

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 16, 2018

US President Donald Trump says his frustrations with the investigation into alleged Russian election meddling forced him to revoke the security clearance of ex-CIA chief John Brennan.

In a statement that Sanders read at the start of the White House press briefing on Wednesday, Trump cited Brennan's "erratic conduct and behavior" as the primary reason for revoking his clearance.

There's more than meets the eye to President Donald Trump's decision to revoke the security clearances that ex-CIA Director John Brennan enjoyed as a courtesy customarily afforded former directors. "Won't have any effect on what I say or write".

"He participated in a shredding of constitutional rights, lied to Congress, and has been monetizing and making partisan political use of his clearance since his departure", Paul added. Seems like you will never understand what it means to be president, nor what it takes to be a good, decent and honest person. He is also one of the chief architects of the narrative that Russian Federation was interfering in the 2016 election to ensure that Donald Trump was elected President, and since leaving office he has tweeted attacks that match Mr. Trump's for intemperance.

Trump also said he was considering revoking the security clearances of other law-enforcement and intelligence officials, many of whom have been critical of him.

Heilemann agreed that Brennan had become a political figure by calling out the president as objectively bad, but he said the former intelligence official appeared motivated by patriotism - and not partisanship.

A spokesman for Brennan declined to immediately comment.

"And I think people ought to think seriously about that", Clapper insisted.

On Wednesday, Brennan tweeted a response to Trump's decision to revoke his security clearance: "This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics".

Mr Trump said that while former intelligence heads continued to have security access so they could advise their successors, "neither of these justifications supports Mr Brennan's continued access to classified information". 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. The president has criticized him on Twitter because of his connection to former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele, who compiled a dossier containing damaging information about then-candidate Trump.

"If we're saying the only way I can speak is to be in adulation mode of this president, I'm sorry", he added.

So Trump's public - and obviously jocular - expression of hope that Russian Federation might be able to "find the 30,000 emails that are missing" makes Brennan wonder what Trump privately encouraged his advisers to do.

National security lawyer Brad Moss said it is not certain that Trump can legally rescind clearances on the grounds stated by the White House. He also expressed skepticism of Trump's handling of negotiations with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.

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