Published: Thu, August 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Trump connects Russian Federation probe to revoking Brennan’s clearance

Trump connects Russian Federation probe to revoking Brennan’s clearance

"I will not relent". "He is the one who has to account for those previous actions and whether or not those actions ran afoul of ethics and of the law.

The CIA's Inspector General however contradicted Mr. Brennan directly, concluding unequivocally that agency officials had indeed improperly accessed congressional staffers' files".

"The president has a constitutional responsibility to protect classified information and who has access to it, and that's what he's doing is fulfilling that responsibility in this action". She also cited Brennan's "wild outbursts" online and on TV.

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

"First, at this point in my administration, any benefits that senior officials might glean from consultations with Mr. Brennan are now outweighed by the risks posed by his erratic conduct and behavior", Trump's statement, read by Sanders, said. Afterward, Brennan criticized Trump's performance as "nothing short of treasonous" and accused him of being "wholly in the pocket of Putin".

But Trump's assertion to The Wall Street Journal's Peter Nicholas and Michael C. Bender on Wednesday night resembles a similar admission Trump made to NBC News' Lester Holt in May 2017, days after he fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

He published a book this year called "The Assault on Intelligence: American National Security in an Age of Lies".

Sally Yates, the former acting attorney general.

Rice was national security adviser during Obama's second term and has criticized Trump policies.

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Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the NSA at the time when the ICA was drafted, wrote to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) that the dossier was used to inform the assessment, according to Real Clear Investigations. Strzok had worked on the Mueller investigation but was removed after anti-Trump text messages that Strzok exchanged with an FBI lawyer became public.

Despite being caught red-handed spying on his overseers, the Obama administration Department of Justice declined to press charges against Brennan, and he remained in charge of the Central Intelligence Agency.

"This is an Official Enemies List" CBSJohn Brennan.

"I don't really understand why former officials need to keep their security clearance forever", he said.

"If he chooses to do it for political reasons, I think that's a bad precedent, and it's a very sad commentary, and it's an abuse of the system", Clapper said last month when it first emerged that Trump was weighing revoking the clearances of former officials.

"I don't go back for classified briefings", Hayden, who served under President George W. Bush, told CBS News in July.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump's press secretary, insisted the White House wasn't targeting only Trump critics.

"I call it the rigged witch hunt, [it] is a sham", Trump told The Wall Street Journal hours after the announcement was made. "The offense: exercising 1st Amendment rights".

The statement added that Mr Trump was also reviewing access to classified information for nine other high-ranking officials, all of whom have criticised the president.

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