John Brennan's Security Clearance is Revoked

John Brennan's Security Clearance is Revoked

US President Donald Trump has revoked the security clearance of former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, accusing him of using his access to classified information to "sow division and chaos" about the Trump administration.

That connection was not in a statement issued earlier Wednesday in which Trump denounced Brennan's criticism of him and spoke anxiously of "the risks posed by his erratic conduct and behavior".

She also claims he's "leveraged his status" to make unfounded allegations.

The only official to lose his clearance Wednesday, former CIA Director John Brennan, had on Tuesday night criticized Trump on an MSNBC show and said that Trump was "dangerous to our nation".

Delivering a statement from Trump she said: "I have made a decision to revoke the security clearance of John Brennan, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency".

The agency's inspector general, he added, concluded that they had.

This week, Brennan sharply rebuked Trump for referring to Omarosa Manigault Newman, the president's former, as "that dog".

The security clearance of several other former intelligence officials, including former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, is also under review, White House press security Sarah Sanders said Wednesday.

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"I think he is dishonest, he lacks integrity, he has very questionable ethics and morality, and he views the world through a prism of 'how it's going to help Donald Trump?'" Brennan said in an interview with NPR's All Things Considered in April.

Clapper noted he has had no access to intelligence information since he left government on the day Trump was inaugurated, succeeding Barack Obama.

Many Democratic lawmakers and former intelligence officials seized on this development as evidence that Trump was targeting officials who are critical of him. "And it is an abuse of power for Trump to revoke clearances, unless he can prove misuse of classified information, which I don't think he can".

On Wednesday, Sanders added Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, former FBI agent Peter Strzok (who was sacked from the bureau last week) and former FBI general counsel Lisa Page.

"Mr. Brennan's lying and recent conduct characterized by increasingly frenzied commentary is wholly inconsistent with access to the nations' most closely held secrets", Trump said.

Biden's words were echoed by former ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, who said that clearance or not, Brennan "will now be just as vigorous & vigilant in defending American values".

On Twitter he added: "This action is part of a broader effort by Mr Trump to suppress free speech and punish critics".

President Trump has also threatened to remove clearances from eight former officials and one current official. Since leaving their positions, all have become household names for their public opposition to Trump. He said Brennan of 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".

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