Brennan May Consider Legal Action After Security Clearance Stripped

Mr. Trump connected Brennan and the Russian Federation investigation again Monday morning. They worked under both Democratic and Republican presidents.

Trump first cited security concerns as his reasoning for revoking Brennan's security clearance, but later connected the decision to the Russian investigation, saying in a Wall Street Journal interview that the investigation was a "witch hunt" and "these people led it".

Anthony Lake, a national security adviser to President Bill Clinton, and Bill Burns, a top State Department official for many years, were among those who took part.

Attorneys said the revocation appeared to be within the president's authority. Writing in The Washington Post, William H. McRaven said he would "consider it an honour" if Trump would revoke his clearance as well.

'I don't agree with the president pulling it. "John and his rhetoric have become, I think, an issue in and of itself", he added. "I think I need to speak out".

Also Thursday, the retired Navy admiral who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden called Trump's moves "McCarthy-era tactics".

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"I've seen the lights blinking red in terms of what Mr. Trump done and is doing, and is bringing the country down on the global stage", he said.

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. And if they feel as though they're enabling it, and they're not having that type of governing influence on it, I think they have to show their displeasure and their unhappiness and leave'. While a statement for Brennan's revocation was composed in July, three weeks prior to the official announcement, the White House chose to finally pull the trigger on Wednesday in order to derail the media coverage surrounding Omarosa's book.

This week, the White House faced a string of embarrassing news reports stemming from the release of former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman's tell-all book, "Unhinged: An Insider's Account of the Trump White House". In addition to saving a "treasure trove" of media files, Omarosa made other bombshell claims about her rocky tenure, including a claim that she heard Trump say the N-word in an audio recording.

More than 175 former USA security officials have joined criticism of Donald Trump for revoking the security clearance of former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan. Those former officials include James Clapper, James Comey, Michael Hayden, Sally Yates, Susan Rice, Andrew McCabe, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, and Bruce Ohr.

All have been critical of the president.

Following the president's announcement, almost 200 former officials stood in solidarity to denounce the revocation of security clearances, with more than a dozen top members of the intelligence community accusing Mr. Trump of using the move as a strategy to snuff out dissent. They said former government officials have a right to express unclassified views on national security issues without fear of being punished for doing so.

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