Revocation Of Ex-CIA Director's Clearance Draws Mixed Reaction From Congress


President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand urges opposition to Kavanaugh: Fight for abortion rights "is now or never" Trump claims tariffs on foreign nations will rescue USA steel industry: report Bannon announces pro-Trump movie, operation team ahead of midterms: report MORE is reportedly gearing up to revoke more security clearances from former intelligence officials who were tied to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

But Trump later pointed to Brennan's role in investigating Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. After Trump's attack this week on former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, Brennan tweeted that the president failed "to live up to minimum standards of decency, civility, and probity". "If Trump wants to do it, he'll do it".

Paul's office released the scathing statement Wednesday afternoon just hours after Trump officially stripped Brennan's credentials. In fact, some have openly praised the decision, with Sen.

John Kennedy of Louisiana was more explicit in describing Brennan: "I think I called him a butthead and I meant it".

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However, many, including Brennan himself in his own open letter published Thursday in the New York Times, have claimed that Trump's action was politically motivated.

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Brennan wrote that Trump's claims of no collusion with Russian Federation are "hogwash" and that the only question remaining is whether the collusion amounts to a "constituted criminally liable conspiracy". It remained up to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the probe, to make a final conclusion, Clapper said.

Trump, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, said he believes Brennan is one of the people responsible for special counsel Robert Mueller's ongoing 15-month probe into links between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation and whether Trump, as president, obstructed justice by trying to thwart the investigation.

In announcing Comey's firing, the White House initially cited the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director's handling of the probe into Democratic rival Clinton's emails, seizing on the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's decision to divulge details of the probe to the public during her campaign against Trump.

"And these people led it", Trump said, referring to Brennan and nine other past and current government security officials whose clearances he is considering revoking. The White House later issued a revised statement with that date removed. Brennan served as CIA director under President Obama, where he oversaw the agency's drone assassination program.

Other names on that list include former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI Director James Comey, and many others.

There was no suggestion that Brennan has leaked classified information.