U.S. ex-spymaster says Trump colluded with Russian Federation

U.S. ex-spymaster says Trump colluded with Russian Federation”

One day after President Trump stripped former Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan of his security clearance, the commander of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden said it would be an honor if the president would take away his clearance next.

They include Comey; James Clapper, the former director of national intelligence; former CIA Director Michael Hayden; former national security adviser Susan Rice; and Andrew McCabe, who served as Trump's deputy Federal Bureau of Investigation director until he was sacked in March.

Adm. William McRaven said in an open letter to Mr. Trumppublished first by the Washington Post that he was demanding the revocation as an act of solidarity with former CIA Director John Brennan, who had his clearance stripped Wednesday.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders denied that Trump was working to crack down on his critics.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump admitted his decision on Brennan's clearance was linked to the ongoing Russian Federation probe.

Among former administration officials whose security clearance the White House isn't reviewing: Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser who pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation over his conversations with Russian officials.

Former CIA director John Brennan arrives at a May 2018 Senate hearing.

"It feels very much like a banana republic kind of thing", Corker said.

"Mr. Brennan has gone way over the line in my view and I think restricting his clearance, pulling his clearance makes sense to me", he said.

"I call it the rigged witch hunt, (it) is a sham".

Brennan and the others have been critical of the president.

The president's comments were a swift departure from the official explanation given by the White House earlier Wednesday that cited the "the risks" posed by Brennan's alleged "erratic conduct and behaviour".

Other Republicans were more charitable.

Brennan has been vocal in his attacks on Trump, at one point saying that Trump's performance at a joint news conference last month with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki was "nothing short of treasonous".

Mr McRaven's name was not on Mr Trump's list. The original statement released by the White House on Wednesday included a date of July 26, although aides said that was an error.

Former high-ranking officials typically retain their security clearance when they leave office so their successors can consult with them on sensitive issues. "I really don't. And I don't think he's qualified to have one", Kennedy said, calling Brennan a "butthead".

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