Trump Plans to Revoke DOJ Official's Security Clearance

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Former CIA Director John Brennan has dominated the headlines this week after President Trump revoked his security clearance on Wednesday due to national security concerns. Bruce Ohr may be his next target.

Describing Trump's move as "inappropriate and deeply regrettable", they insisted "we have never before seen the approval or removal of security clearances used as a political tool, as was done in this case".

"I think that Bruce Ohr is a disgrace, with his wife, Nellie". "Very, very important. I've had a tremendous response for having done that". "For him to be in the Justice Department and doing what he did, that is a disgrace".

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

Ohr was a contact in 2016 for Christopher Steele, the ex-British spy who investigated Trump's Russian connections.

The president commented on the issue as he left the White House to travel to Bedminster, New Jersey.

In a statement released late on Thursday, officials who served under Republican and Democratic officials said they did not necessarily agree with Brennan's harsh criticism of the president but that security authorizations should be based on national security, not politics.

William McRaven, a retired four-star admiral who oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid, directly addressed Trump in a Washington Post op-ed published online Thursday.

Trump challenged the suggestion that he was trying to silence critics by taking away security clearances.

Brennan has been outspoken in his opposition to the Trump administration's foreign policy, particularly the president's support of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump has ordered a review for nine others who have security clearances. There has been speculation, according to the Washington Examiner, that Trump could try removing Bob Mueller's security clearance, as a tactic to end the investigation.

The signees included seven former CIA directors, six former CIA deputy directors and two former national intelligence directors, James Clapper and retired Navy Adm. Denny Blair.

"There are few, if any, who have a more impressive record of service", Hayden said.

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.

He wrote in Thursday's New York Times that Trump "clearly has become more desperate to protect himself and those close to him". In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump again called the probe a "rigged witch hunt" and said "these people led it!"

McRaven has been a consistently vocal critic of Trump, saying in February 2017 that Trump's attacks on the free press "may be the greatest threat to democracy in my lifetime".

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