Won't Be Silenced By Trump, Says Ex-CIA Chief After Being Blacklisted

Saul Bowman
August 17, 2018

President Trump's move to revoke John Brennan's security clearance rippled across Washington, and the former Central Intelligence Agency director cast it as a disturbing power play.

Trump himself drew a direct connection between the revocation of Brennan's clearance and the Russian Federation probe, telling The Wall Street Journal the investigation is a "sham", and "these people led it!" "And these people led it!"

Trump has ordered a review for nine others who have clearances. Therefore, "I think it's something that had to be done". "Former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance you revoked on Wednesday, is one of the finest public servants I have ever known", McRaven wrote.

This John Brennan is someone who had access to classified intel, and says that the intel showed communication between the Trump team and Russian Federation.

LEAH MILLIS/REUTERS/NewscomPresident Donald Trump has revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan.

Other names on that list include former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI Director James Comey, and many others.

Mr. Brennan "is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don't know him", Adm. McRaven wrote, going on to say that his demand wasn't merely an act of personal loyalty to Mr. Brennan, but also a political statement.

"I don't trust many of those people on that list", he said.

In the White House's own announcement of his security revocation, press secretary Sarah Sanders accused Brennan of demonstrating "erratic behavior" and specifically cited testimony Brennan gave to Congress previous year in denying that the so-called Steele dossier was a factor in the intelligence community's ultimate conclusion regarding Russia's interference in the 2016 election. John Brennan's issue is that he challenged a thin-skinned president of the United States, and it really portends unsafe things.

CNN national security analyst Lisa Monaco, a former Obama Homeland security and counterterrorism adviser, echoed Clapper's remarks, saying on "New Day" that Trump's interview revealed "a stunningly candid and disturbing admission on the President's part".

"It's nearly as if the president is connecting the dots for Robert Mueller", Jake Tapper said.

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 alleged "erratic conduct and behaviour".

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