Trump, following conspiracy theory, escalates attack on Bruce Ohr

Former Intel Chiefs: White House Using Security Clearances As A 'Political Tool'

Eli Lake says John Brennan needs to act more responsibly if he's going to keep launching scathing criticisms against President Donald Trump.

The firm hired former British spy Christopher Steele to assemble the dossier during the 2016 presidential campaign. Many people don't even know who he is, and now he's a bigger voice, and that's okay with me, because I like taking on voices like that.

Most recently, Ohr has come under scrutiny for his alleged dealings with the author of the anti-Trump dossier and potentially secret meetings with Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS.

Trump's comments, made to reporters as he boarded Marine One en route to a Republican campaign event in NY, came amid rising criticism of the president for using security clearances as a political tool.

William McRaven, a retired four-star admiral who oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid, directly addressed Trump in a Washington Post op-ed published online Thursday.

According to reports Thursday, Bruce Ohr stands to lose his job at the department if the president revokes his security clearance.

The White House said it was studying a list of other individuals for security clearance review, and Trump suggested Ohr was at the top of that list. "Bruce Ohr is a disgrace".

"No president has so abused his power over security clearances as to warrant such a unified response", Rubin wrote. "Decisions on security clearances should be based on national security and not political views".

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Hanson joined the condemnation, telling the Senate she was appalled by Anning's speech. "It was Pauline Hanson on steroids". He later told the Senate he deeply regretted shaking Mr Anning's hand after he gave the speech last night.

In an opinion piece in The New York Times, Brennan said Trump's decision, announced Wednesday, to deny him access to classified information was a desperate attempt to end Mueller's investigation.

The president's comments were a swift departure from the official explanation given by the White House earlier Wednesday that cited the "the risks" posed by Brennan's supposed "erratic conduct and behavior".

Trump contradicted the official White House explanation of why he took the action against Brennan.

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

"I call it the rigged witch hunt, [it] is a sham", Trump was quoted as saying in the interview.

Putin told reporters in Helsinki, while standing next to Trump, that he had wanted the former NY businessman to win the White House.

The White House said Wednesday that security clearances are under review for former U.S. National Intelligence director James Clapper, former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, former Obama administration National Security advisor Susan Rice, former National Security Agency director Michael Hayden and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates.

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