Former top U.S. intelligence officials sharply rebuked U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday for stripping one-time CIA director John Brennan's security clearance, but Trump defended his move and said he planned at least one more revocation.
"Therefore, I would consider it an honour if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency", he said.
"There's no silence. If anything, I'm giving them a bigger voice". I suspect I'll be taking [his security clearance] away very quickly.
'Has anyone looked at the mistakes that John Brennan made while serving as CIA Director?,' Trump wrote on his Twitter account.
Brennan has repeatedly clashed with Trump on Twitter and on television, calling Trump's failure to denounce Russian interference in US elections at a recent summit with Vladimir Putin "nothing short of treasonous".
The signees included seven former CIA directors, six former CIA deputy directors and two former national intelligence directors, James Clapper and retired Navy Admiral Denny Blair.
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"Decisions on security clearances should be based on national security and not political views". Without citing evidence or offering proof, Trump said that Mueller had conflicts of interest.
On Friday, 60 former CIA officials issued their own statement, joining a chorus of opposition from the intelligence community to Trump's decisions to threaten to or actually pull clearances.
"Director Brennan's recent statements purport to know as fact that the Trump campaign colluded with a foreign power", said a statement released by Burr's office.
If you think for a moment that your McCarthy-era tactics will suppress the voices of criticism, you are sadly mistaken. Ohr is still in the Justice Department, and was reportedly meeting with Christopher Steele, the British spy who complied the famous "dossier" on Trump's alleged ties to Russian Federation.
'I don't know McRaven, ' Trump said Friday, declaring that 'I've gotten tremendous response from having done that because security clearances are very important to me.
Russian Federation denies having meddled in the 2016 election, but three US intelligence agencies reported in January 2017 that Moscow had intervened and tried to help Trump beat Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
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