Adm. McRaven: Revoke My Security Clearance Too

Hannah Rogers
August 17, 2018

Trump's statement said the Brennan issue raises larger questions about the practice of allowing former officials to maintain their security clearances, and said that those of other officials were under review. But Trump has targeted all of them, and all three also saw their security clearances threatened Wednesday (even as McCabe and Strzok don't appear to have them any more).

Brennan was vocal about his opposition to President Trump, and participated in the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

"Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John".

UPDATE: After tweeting about Brennan and Blumenthal, Trump followed it up with more direct from Fox News quotes.

"He said explicitly that he did it because these people had a role back in the day leading the Russian Federation investigation - what he called the 'rigged witch hunt, '" Maddow said.

Brennan then took on a role as President and CEO of the Analysis Corporation and Chairman of the Board at the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, but this was short-lived. "And these people led it!"

Following this, while former President Barack Obama found that he shared similar philosophies when it came to the CIA, Brennan's involvement in enhanced interrogation techniques working under President George W. Bush, he was not appointed as head of the agency.

High-ranking government officials sometimes retain security clearances after leaving office to advise their successors as needed, and some private-sector companies can also require them. "He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don't know him", McRaven wrote.

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In a statement, Mr Trump stated he was also considering whether to stop access to classified information for fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, former National Security Agency director Michael Hayden, former intelligence director James Clapper and former attorney general Sally Yates.

"While I had deep insight into Russian activities during the 2016 election, I now am aware - thanks to the reporting of an open and free press - of many more of the highly suspicious dalliances of some American citizens with people affiliated with the Russian intelligence services".

In a heated rebuff, he told MSNBC: "I've seen this type of behaviour on the part of foreign tyrants and despots and autocrats for many years during my Central Intelligence Agency and national security career". "I think that they're very duplicitous". McRaven's name was not on Trump's list.

Adm. William McRaven, the former commander of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command, addressed Trump in a letter published by The Washington Post on Thursday.

Brennan does not face any formal charges of violating any regulations or laws.

Reactions from Republican lawmakers were mixed, with some critical of Mr Trump while others blamed Mr Brennan for acting inappropriately.

Patrick Cotter, a former assistant United States attorney in the eastern district of NY, said a prosecutor could argue Trump's move was intended as a warning against helping the Russian Federation investigation, but probably not obstruction in itself.

Democratic lawmakers blasted the president's move as unsafe. "It's an abuse of power because he's not doing it for a legitimate reason", Mr Castro told CNN.

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