Published: Sat, August 18, 2018
Sci-tech | By Spencer Schmidt

Trump expects to revoke Ohr's security clearance

Trump expects to revoke Ohr's security clearance

And he came to the defense of former CIA Director John Brennan, who security clearance was pulled. Also on the list is Bruce Ohr, a current Justice Department official who was a contact for former MI6 agent Christopher Steele, and former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates.

Defenders of Brennan have been arguing President Trump is infringing on the former director's free speech.

Trump has repeatedly targeted Ohr as a source for Mueller and his investigation.

In an opinion piece published in The New York Times on Thursday, Brennan cited press reports as evidence that Trump's claims of no collusion were "hogwash".

Others who have earned their security clearance are also speaking out against the move.

Sanders added that Trump would review the security clearances of other critics: former FBI Director James Comey, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden, former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok, and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page; the FBI veterans no longer have clearances per Bureau exit procedures.

Webb said that it is customary for top officials to keep their clearances in the case that they can be of further service to the nation, or be called back to help a future president with a security endeavor.

"Therefore, I would consider it an honor 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", McRaven wrote.

U.S. President Donald Trump arrives aboard Air Force One in Morristown, New Jersey, U.S., August 17, 2018.

"There's no silence. If anything, I'm giving them a bigger voice", Trump said. And that's OK with me, because I like taking on voices like that.

"I've never respected him", Trump said.

Brennan said earlier this week he would "not relent" despite the removal of his clearance.

In an interview with NPR's All Things Considered, Hayden said the decision was purely political, and that the White House had revoked Brennan's clearance "as a punitive measure because the president did not like what John was saying about him".

Signaling that his efforts to target clearances over his frustration with the Russian Federation investigation were not over, Trump tweeted that it was a "disgrace" for Bruce Ohr to be in the Justice Department. "I know that I've gotten tremendous response from having done that, because security clearances are very important to me. For him to be in the Justice Department and doing what he did, that is a disgrace". A good leader sets the example for others to follow. "I think that they're very duplicitous".

He had high hopes for Trump as president, he writes, but he has been let down. "We did nothing. There's no collusion". He reiterated that his action was directly tied to the Russian Federation investigation, or "rigged witch hunt", as Trump calls it.

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