Former Intel Chiefs: White House Using Security Clearances As A 'Political Tool'

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A retired Navy admiral who oversaw the killing of terrorist Osama bin Laden says that if President Donald Trump is going to revoke the White House security clearance of former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan, then Trump should revoke his, too.

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.

Ohr was a contact in 2016 for Christopher Steele, the ex-British spy who investigated Trump's Russian connections. Many people don't even know who he is, and now he's a bigger voice, and that's okay with me, because I like taking on voices like that.

Ohr's wife worked for Fusion GPS.

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

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"I think Bruce Ohr is a disgrace", the president said of the career Justice Department official, who conservatives believe was a conduit for anti-Trump information to reach the Federal Bureau of Investigation during and after the campaign, including the Steele dossier containing salacious and unproven allegations about Mr. Trump.

"I think that Bruce Ohr is a disgrace, with his wife, Nellie". At a summit in Finland last month, Trump drew criticism and outrage when he told reporters he accepted Putin's denial that Russian Federation had intervened in the 2016 presidential election - a stance in direct conflict with the US intelligence community's position. Report pegs military parade cost at M MORE's security clearance.

Hours earlier, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders denied that Brennan and others are being singled out because they are critics of Trump.

Brennan has repeatedly clashed with Trump on Twitter and on television, calling Trump's failure to denounce Russian interference in US elections at a recent summit with Vladimir Putin "nothing short of treasonous".

Webb argued that Brennan does not require a security clearance to go on television and wage a "partisan battle" against Trump and he is still empowered to say what he pleases.

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Trump repeatedly has called the probe a "witch hunt" and sought to discredit those involved in it.

Trump contradicted the official White House explanation of why he took the action against Brennan. Lake said Brennan is an ideal foe for Trump since he's intelligence community figure with the sharpest criticisms against the administration.

Former CIA Director Michael Hayden says retired Admiral William McRaven's rebuke of President Donald Trump had "an undertone of a powerful sense of embarrassment as to what was happening in the United States".

"In terms of Mr. Brennan, I see many people saying that this is nakedly political because he's a Trump critic".

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