Brennan fires back at Trump for revoking security clearance

Ex-CIA director's security clearance revoked

Former CIA director John Brennan. President Trump revoked Brennan's security clearance Wednesday, claiming Brennan was acting "erratic".

On Thursday's broadcast of CNN's "New Day", Representative Joaquin Castro (D-TX) stated that the revocation of former CIA Director John Brennan's security clearance is "a clear abuse of power", and "a mark of an authoritarian dictator", rather than a democratically-elected president.

Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who chairs the Foreign Relations Committee, said he was bothered by the president's move.

Other Republicans were more charitable.

Which is to say, Trump doesn't like Brennan's very vocal criticism of him.

"He's acted like a political hack, and not a national security professional", Kennedy said.

The public spat highlights the increasingly partisan shadow that's been cast over national security and intelligence in the Trump era. Trump said in an interview published Wednesday that the Russian Federation investigation factored into his decision regarding Brennan.

Mr Brennan accused Donald Trump of withdrawing his clearance to distract from problems he is encountering and that he is following a playbook used by tyrants, despots and dictators. "Did he just open yet another door for the special counsel?"

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"I call it the rigged witch hunt, [it] is a sham, Trump was quoted as saying "and these people led it!" "And these people led it!" Most recently, she has claimed that a tape exists in which Trump uses the N-word.

"So I think it's something that had to be done", he added.

There was no suggestion that Brennan has leaked classified information.

Read the full op-ed here.

Brennan, who was head of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2013 to 2017, also raised the occasion in July 2016 wen Trump called on the Russians to find the missing emails of his Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton. Russian Federation has said it did not interfere, contrary to the US intelligence community's findings. "And that is a awful message to be sending to folks who are there to tell you objective truth".

He has previously described as "treasonous" the joint press conference Mr Trump held with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Finland last month.

The decision to revoke Brennan's security clearance has evidently been in the works for weeks. Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department official now in the criminal division, was also on the White House list. The White House later issued a revised statement with that date removed.

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